Let's dispel two myths about torture.
1)The objective of torture is not getting "Information".The objective of torture is getting compliance,to get the victim to do or say what the torturer demands.
2) The method of torture is not the infliction of pain, but the infliction of fear.The torture doesn't have to touch the victim, or be in the same room, or even the same continent.Torture can be done by threatening the victim's spouse, parents, children, friends, or property.
Torture is not wrong simply because it's against the Geneva Convention, or un-Christian, or un-American.It is wrong because it is unethical, immoral, and simply against our long term interest. It is counterproductive.
Even if our opponent is inhumane, we can not win if we drop to his level.
Some claim that is better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion, and much easier.
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