Friday, May 25, 2007

Defining Torture

Waterboarding? Yes, that's pretty unpleasant, and I might be prepared to agree that we should not use it as a technique. Many of the other techniques that get the left in a tizzy--playing Christina Aguilera music, cold rooms, sleep deprivation, female interrogators getting too intimate with a prisoner--well, those are hard for me to define as "torture." If you want to know what torture is, you can see this manual by al-Qaeda recently captured in Iraq, along with torture tools, and some victims. The drawings are crude, and if you read much history, none of it will surprise you. For liberals who think Christina Aguilera music is torture--well, this might cause irreparable psychological harm. Even worse, it might impair their self-righteousness.

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