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Torture Without Excuses

Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 2:34 PM
It is true that there are some big governments that DON'T torture (so far as we know), and some very SMALL governments that DO torture (Saudi Arabia, Libya, Syria). Torture is wrong, morally and pragmatically, whether the government doing the torturing is small or large. That which is immoral for an individual, is immoral for a government, which after all is just a particular group of people sharing delusions of grandeur.

The autopsy gave a spare account of how the 52-year-old man died. He suffered blunt force injuries on his torso and legs, and abrasions on his left wrist indicated he had been tied or shackled down. One of his neck bones was fractured. Death came "as a result of asphyxia (lack of oxygen to the brain) due to strangulation," and it was ruled a homicide.

It's too much to hope for justice in this case, though. That's because the homicide came at the hands of the administration of George W. Bush. The victim was an Iraqi whose demise occurred while he...