One of the greatest film speeches is delivered by Spencer Tracy as he sums up the verdict of the Nuremberg trials in the movie ‘Judgement at Nuremberg’. I urge everyone tempted to explain that so-called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ – what most of us would call ‘torture’, are justified in order to protect our Society against our enemies. Follow the link to hear it delivered by one of our greatest ever actors. Below is a small extract:
“This trial has shown, that under a National crisis, Ordinary – even able and extraordinary men can delude themselves into the commission of crimes…
… how easily it can happen. There are those in our own Country too who today speak of the Protection of Country – Of survival.
A decision must be made in the life of every Nation at the very moment that the grasp of the Enemy is at it’s throat and it seems the only way to survive is to use the means of the enemy – to rest survival on what is expedient – to look the other way.
Only the answer to that is ‘Survival as what?’
A country isn’t a rock – it is not an extension of one’s self.
It’s what it stands for.
It’s what it stands for when standing for something is the most difficult.
Before the People of the World, let it be noted that, here, in our decision this is what we stand for.
Justice, Truth – and the value of a single human being.”