There’s No Justification for Torture

Milam's Musings


Torture is wrong.

If only I could blog those three words and it would suffice. In a sane and just world, it would. In a topsy-turvy world such as America, I have to defend that statement. I have to explain why.

Christopher Hitchens, a rather staunch defender of American military might and such, was waterboarded and said it was torture in a poignant Vanity Fair piece:

I apply the Abraham Lincoln test for moral casuistry: “If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.” Well, then, if waterboarding does not constitute torture, then there is no such thing as torture.


The “ticking time bomb” scenario so often employed by advocates of torture is bullshit. Not only is it not an adequate defense of torture, but it’s bullshit. From Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic:

Just as the morality of raping six-year-olds under threat of nuclear holocaust has nothing to do with…

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