Tuesday, November 29, 2005

What some called torture

Ace at Ace of Spades HQ gives the best written peice on "torture" I've read:

There is a moral hazard in waterboarding a known terrorist. It's cruel and painful treatment, to be sure.

But there is a greater moral hazard in allowing him to remain silent as his confederates -- who he knows by name and face, and whom he could identify, if forced to -- blow up a schoolbus or police station.

The anti-"torture" brigade never lowers itself to explain why, if misery is to be suffered, it should not be bourne by those plotting mayhem and murder rather than their would-be victims. They simply avoid the question entirely by asserting, over and over, "Coercion/torture doesn't work anyhow."

It does, and it's both disingenuous and immoral to refuse to honestly answer such a vital question truthfully.

Go read it all.


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