“No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.”
Bush/Cheney and their lawyer minions might have done well to reflect on Theodore Roosevelt’s words (from one of his essays in The Strenuous Life).
And, on top of that, the means they used to justify the end don’t even work.
“He pleaded for his life,” according to the former intelligence officer quoted in the New York Times today. “But he gave up no new information. He had no more information to give.”
If evil is discrete, if you can add up dead and tortured bodies like numbers in a column, whose evil is greater: Osama bin Laden’s, or Bush/Cheney’s?