March 24, 2016
Dear Mr. Trump,
Regarding the March 22, 2016 Reuters article, “Trump backs waterboarding and ‘a lot more’ after Brussels attacks,” it is difficult to defend you among citizens who understand the U.S. Constitution and the proper role of government.
Waterboarding and cruel and unusual punishment doesn’t work, nor are they moral. The Golden Rule states, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.1”
Even George Washington treated prisoners with respect, establishing a basis for our nation. The Geneva Conventions treaties outline proper, international behavior of civilians, prisoners of war (POWs) and soldiers. After the atrocities of WW II were disclosed in the Nuremberg Trials, the U.S. was even more committed to fair treatment.
Since 9/11 the U.S. has bombed poor, underdeveloped nations who can do little to fight back. Should we ever get into a war with a major power, the last thing we want is for enemies to waterboard our brave soldiers who you say you love.
Please, stop it. Get advisors to teach you the proper role of government and become its greatest advocate.
Robert John Stevens
1 Matthew 7:12