Over at Salon, film critic Andrew O’hehir takes a look at the new White House-endorsed film depicting the hunt for Osama bin Laden and in doing so ponders a couple of hard-hitting questions:
Does a society that produces female CIA agents (and reelects a black president) gain the right to commit atrocities in its own defense? Is torture justified if the torturer is a university-educated woman, and the tortured a bigoted Muslim fundamentalist?
The “predictable left-libertarian response,” O’hehir writes, is to say absolutely not, that such acts are “immoral and unjustifiable in almost every instance.” Oh, but how boring! Morality is relative: isn’t that something we lefties go on about? And once you throw in all the “shades of gray” of right and wrong, who’s to say a liberal, multi-cultural society with strong, empowered women shouldn’t be allowed to attach electrodes to the testicles of some savage who hasn’t even read any Betty Friedan?
Or, put more succintly: liberal apologists for mass murder can’t be satirized.