“Outsourcing Torture!” That’s the shocked language being used by the morally confused elite who write for the NY and LA Times. By the way, Karen and I had a long talk over Shabbos and decided that “politically correct” is far too mild a description for these people. We have settled on “morally confused” instead. If you have a better label, please let us know.
Anyway, torture. These people who are so concerned about our terrorist prisoners don’t know jack about Counter Terrorist Warfare. For these people, torture is not getting their croissant and cup of Java in the morning. Let’s get this straight: I’m not saying it’s nice, I’m not saying it’s pretty. I’m not even saying we get it right all the time. What I am saying is: torture is the name of the game in Counter Terrorist Warfare. You see in CTW you are not fighting classic open terrain battles. The stuff that US forces are so darn good at. Nope. It’s urban, three dimensional firefights. You get ambushed by one or two terrorists. They hit our guys then melt into the population. Don’t bother calling them cowards. That’s just childish. It’s what they do. Spreading terror is efficient and cheap. It’s classic urban guerrilla tactics, right out of Mao’s little play book. Our soldiers are left with their entrails hanging in the dirt — and there’s no enemy to shoot back at. It’s frustrating. Mao wants us to spin out of control, let discipline crumble and randomly shoot civilians. But what happens is you kill a few grandmas, a few kids and whap, the entire population hates your guts. Next thing a cousin or brother joins the terrorists to avenge his dead relative. Hey, that’s how we lost Viet Nam. That’s how the French lost Algeria.
How to avoid that?
The name of the game is intel, intelligence.
You take a terrorist suspect and you get names, find out who’s in his cell. You want to know who’s financing the hits, the homicide bombers. In Iraq it’s no big secret. Money is flowing in from Iran and from Syria. Saddam’s cousins from Tikrit took their gold and skeddaddled to Damascus and Tehran. They want their old jobs back. It’s fun running Iraq if you’re a Baathist. You get a nice palace, a jacuzzi. You get all the good looking women you want. You kill people you don’t like. You get to torture people just for the sheer entertainment value. I mean, Saddam’s sons used to hang with their buddies in rape rooms. For them it was fun watching some poor woman being gang raped for hours at a time. Sometimes they’d make the woman’s husband watch. When they really wanted to kick back and chill they’d have her children present. Make no mistake about it, these guys used torture the way we use cable TV. And It was all in the service of preserving one of the most horrifying, brutal and evil dictatorships the world has ever known. But the cultural relativists don’t care about that. They just kvetch and moan about “international law.” Right, I care what Belgium or France have to say. Anyway, You think these guys are going to let the good times disappear? No way. As Mel Brooks says: “It’s good to be king.”
Those pictures from Abu Ghraib prison. The ones that so horrified the people with subscriptions to The New Yorker. Let me tell you something: that is not torture. That’s kids stuff. It’s actually embarrassing because it’s so… amateur. And intel is too important to leave to a bunch of white trash morons from West Virginia. We have to turn the high value prisoners over to people who know what they are doing. Professionals. Why? Because we cannnot win without good intel. And the only way to get good intel is by making these guys talk.
Israel has assasinated numerous high profile terrorist leaders in the past few years. You know how they did it? Intel. They find an Abdul who has a grudge against his second cousin and and he talks to an Israeli intelligence officer and gives up names. You pull a second Abdul in and you get more names. A smart intelligence officer will soon be triangulating and before you know it we’ve got an Apache in the air turning some Hamas “spiritual leader” into beef stroganoff. Sometimes the names are freely given. Other times there’s torture. Intelligent, disciplined torture. I’m not talking about bamboo slivers under the nails. That’s over. At least with smart nations like Israel and the US.
A few years ago I read a fascinating little booklet that an Israeli friend slipped to me. Written for the Israeli intelligence services, it explained that what you want to do is make the prisoner so disoriented and so tired that he just gives up information because well, he just wants to get a good night’s sleep. This was an amazing little booklet. It explained that no one can stand up to torture. No one. You know all those dumb movies we make here in Hollywood where the hero–Sly Stallone or Bruce Willis–bravely endures the most horrific torture? It’s pure nonsense. Everyone talks. Usually, just the very threat of torture gets people yammering away. And the Arab world is so riven with personal and clan rivalries that snitching is a way of life. Let me tell you what my Israeli friend told me: Arabs are, bar none, the best snitches. They give up names faster than the questions can be posed. How do you think shiek Yassan got turned into a black smudge in the streets of Gaza? Betcha some second cousin wanted payback because the good shiek didn’t give him a better cut of the shake-down money, which is the lifeblood of Hamas — of all the gangs that run the so-called Palestinian areas. Actually, they’re just a bunch of thugocracies. It’s as if Al Capone were still running Chicago — with the blessing of the UN.
History helps when it comes to torture. Look at the British back in the colonial days. Remember the Mau-Mau uprising back in the 50’s. How many British colonials do you think the Mau-Mua murdered? Thousands? Hundreds? Actually, it was eleven. You see, in those days we were still capable of being outraged when innocent men, women and children were butchered while they slept. So, eleven British farmers were murdered, and the British rounded up thousands of Kikuyu tribesmen, tortured a bunch, and wiped out the Mau Mau leadership in less than a year. Those Brits are cold. But they really knew how to fight CTW. Was it right? Was it nice? Was it sensitive? Of course not. And don’t forget, the British finally lost; they fled Africa because, well, it was the age of African Nationalism; romantic stuff and everyone wanted in on all the juicy American foreign aide. Little did they know that Africa would descend into one murderous rampage after another — with no end in sight. Truth is, Africa would be a lot better off if the British had stayed. Sheesh, talk about torture and butchery: no one can touch the Africans for genocide. And they do it the old fashioned way: with machetes.
But I digress.
Point is: America can’t afford to lose in Iraq. If we do, then we’re a paper tiger and the Arabs will have contemnpt for us. Not to mention the Israelis. Heck, they’re still having nightmares about the Jimmy Carter years. And let me tell you, the Israelis were sweating blood about the possibility of Kerry and his gang of pacifists getting into the White House. “Wrong war at the wrong time.” Now that was a moral booster — for the Arabs.
Do the Arabs hate us? You bet. But that’s okay. In fact, that’s the way it should be. We hate them too, we’re just too sensitive to admit it. Instead, we give them acceptable labels like, “dysfunctional societies.” It’s really cute how language perverts truth. Anyway, it’s better that they hate and fear us then have contempt for our weakness. You do not want the Arabs to think you’re weak, because if they do: It. Is. All. Over. Can I be any more clear about that?
So let’s stop lying about how we can’t tolerate torture. Worse than a lie, it’s just plain stupid. No democracy can survive the onslaught of the jihadists without using torture. You think we won WWII without torturing
some Nazis? Dream on. Gosh, often we’d torture the Nazi scum and then just shoot them. In those days, journalists protected our soldiers, they actually cared about our people, they even supported American democracy. Not like the current crop of ivy league journalists who clearly have contempt for our servicemen; these journalists have been schooled in relative moralism and simply can’t wait to nail some poor marine who’s just trying to keep his buddies from getting the chop. In short: torture has always been an integral part of warfare. The sooner we understand this the faster we’ll be able to wipe out the Jihadists — before they wipe us out.
Oh yes, a little Torah on the topic. Here’s what The Rambam, Maimonides, has to say about execution and torture.
This is from the Yad Hachazaka, Laws of Murder and Preservation of Life.
Chapter 2, Law 4: Murderers (who cause the death of others) and who cannot be executed by the Court. The King of Israel may execute them for the welfare and security of the world. Also, a court may execute them (even though they have not been found guilty by trial) because of extraordinary circumstances.
Chapter 2, Law 5: If the King and Court cannot act because of extraordinary times and circumstances, it is the duty to hurt them physically, even threatening death; to imprison them and torture them in order to instill fear upon others and to prevent such murderous acts which may not be tried by the Court.
As always, The Rambam gets it right.