Published December 17, 2014
On December 8, 1864, during Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea, the foot of a young Alabama cavalry officer was blown to pieces by an 8-inch C.S.A. “subterra” shell (land mine or IED called a “torpedo” back in that day) planted in the road, with friction-matches, to explode upon being trodden upon. The Union General happened upon that young officer of his personal regiment lying in the road waiting for his leg to be amputated.
Sherman resolved that captured rebel POWs would henceforth lead the march because, while such defensive weapons can be acceptable near entrances to forts:
“There had been no C.S.A. or Georgia militia resistance at that point, nothing to give warning of a danger,..this was not war, but murder, and it made me very angry.”
Thus, Gen. Sherman ordered rebel prisoners to be brought from the stockade, armed with picks and shovels, and placed at the front of the columns. That night they reached Pooler Station, only eight miles from their Savannah destination. No more Union troops’ feet were blown off for the remainder of the march and no more such torpedoes were found until they were near Fort McAllister.
But the rebel POWs protested before the assignment and while none ever lost their own feet or legs during their assignments, we suspect they may have suffered some post-traumatic stress even after Appomattox.
We also weep for poor Usama bin Laden at the torture he surely felt upon seeing Navy Seals sent by President Barack Obama before they killed him. We weep for the children of terrorists who surely were tortured by the sound of the Obama-dispatched drones that would soon kill them and their terrorist parents. We weep for the 183-times tortured-by-water-upon-a-board KSM before he gave up the Leon Panetta-verified plans for future Al Qaeda attacks.
And we especially weep for the CIA agents who administered enhanced interrogation and the DOJ lawyers that opined same were legal due to the torture they surely suffered when Democrats including then-Sens. Obama and Hillary Clinton demanded their heads and when President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder investigated them for prosecution upon taking office in 2009.
Want to see and hear real torture? Look at the pictures and video and listen to the audio on Flight 93 and at the Pentagon and the Twin Towers during and after the 9/11 attacks by Islamist terrorists. Look at the photographs of Union soldiers and civilians killed by Confederate soldiers from 1861-1865.
Would this DeVine Law Gamecock forever rule out even real torture of captured terrorists? No, not if they were determined to be knowledgeable concerning future attacks. But in my book, and the ordinary rules of war and conventions, actual torture involves disfigurement and/or long-term excruciating pain and/or permanent physical damage; none of which apply to waterboarding, which is endured by our own soldiers as part of their training.
Sleep deprivation? Cold? Standing for long periods? Puhlease….and come back when you get serious.
This is war, which contrary to Obama does not “have to” and won’t end before the enemy is defeated. And appeasement and surrender are not appropriate endings for what used to be the Leader of the Free world before he surrendered to Russia’s Putin, Syria’s Assad, Iran’s mullahs during the Green revolution, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, and Castros’ Cuba just today. And it used to be treason to release information that endangers agents in the field before Obama’s Diane Feinstein Democrats occupied Senate Intelligence committees.
Praying for the day America returns to Reaganite peace through strength.
“What our forefathers with so much difficulty secured, do not basely relinquish.” – William Bradford