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Monday, November 07, 2005

On torture.

There's been quite a bit of a to-do about the gw administration's support of torture recently (example). Government support of torture is just about the most idiotic thing ever. There are essentially three reasons why, and the thing is, any ONE of them are showstoppers on their own. In no particular order, they are:

(1) It doesn't work. People being tortured don't give a rat's ass about the truth - they just say whatever makes you stop torturing them.

(2) It leads directly to the torture of our own people. Let me say it more strikingly: to support the torture of others is to support the torture of your own.

(3) It's one of the most morally evil things a person or institution can engage in.

I'd love to see, as an intellectual matter, a decent, rational rebuttal of any of these three.


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