Fomenting Islamophobia on a ‘date which will live in infamy’ - The Washington Post

It’s good to see Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s despicable bigotry being roundly condemned, but it’s also important to understand the link between the Islamophobia he foments and his embrace of torture, including waterboarding [“Trump wants ‘total’ ban on Muslims entering U.S.,” front page, Dec. 8]. Mr. Trump insists that torture works, and even if it doesn’t, “they” deserve it anyway.

We should have learned by now that casting a group of people as “the other,” as not deserving of human rights, is a short step from justifying violence against them. That is what led the U.S. government down the road to authorizing torture after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

President Obama claims to have ended torture, but his administration has abandoned its responsibility to ensure future administrations cannot resort to torture. The Justice Department has refused to reopen an investigation into the CIA’s interrogation techniques.

The persistence of this impunity in an environment where Muslims are increasingly demonized creates a toxic mix that leaves the door open to a return to torture.

Gay Gardner, Springfield

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How sad that on Dec.7, which 74 years ago President Franklin D. Roosevelt described as “a date which will live in infamy,” the leading Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump, called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Another day, another sentiment that shall live in infamy.

That, quite simply, is not the American way, Mr. Trump.

Claire O’Dwyer Randall, Springfield