America's Values? Who Gets To Define Them?
I’m torn — I guess I don’t understand. I’ve been in several conversations across a pretty broad range of the political spectrum, concerning torture and violence and the relationship between kingdom-of-God citizenry and kingdoms-of-this-world loyalty.
Today the President delivered the commencement address at the US Naval Academy, and he offered high praise to the Navy SEAL snipers who executed 3 pirates holding a US commercial shipping captain hostage. During the same speech, he said that the Bush-era “enhanced interrogation techniques” that may have saved the lives of thousands of Angelenos were a “straying from American values.”
I’m not arguing for or against either action at the moment – I’m trying to understand how I’m supposed to differentiate between “lethal force to save one life” and “non-lethal force to save 1000 lives.”
What do you think?
In HIS love,