I can’t understand why anyone would attend an event at which Sarah Palin was scheduled to speak unless it was with the intent to protest her:
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin isn’t backing off the remark she made at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting this weekend that if she were in charge, people “would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”
“Would I make it again? Why wouldn’t I? Yeah, absolutely,” she told NBC News. “Terrorists who want to annihilate Americans, innocent Americans, our children — whatever it takes to stop them. If I were in charge, I’d be stoppin’ em.”
There is no way to escape the fact that all of this is one of the many shameful legacies of the Bush presidency, that prominent politicians can stand up in front of a crowd or a television camera and voice their enthusiastic support for torture using religious language to express their passion for committing abuses of human rights.
To be sure, many governments committed torture despite signing various international human rights instruments that declared it illegal to do so. But before the Bush administration made it part of its policy, no government official would ever have thought to admit to it so brazenly, to make it a point of national pride or zealotry rather than a shadowy act that’s best kept quiet.