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Torture Logic

Friday, December 17, 2004
The Left is once again hyperventilating over the maltreatment of prisoners in U.S. custody.

Frankly, I don't understand what all the fuss is about. Do I care if the occasional al-Qaeda member is roughed up by the CIA? No, not particularly. If it takes a few genital shocks to convince a terrorist to divulge information about an attack, then so be it.

The war against terrorism is an unconventional conflict, which, I'm sad to say, will sometimes require the use of unconventional -- and unsavory -- methods of interrogation.

Basically, as long as the "torture" in question isn't cruel or sadistic -- as it was in the case of Abu Ghraib -- as long as it is done for clear intelligence-gathering purposes, and as long as it is applied in a responsible and disciplined manner, I have no problem with it.

The way I see it, the world is a nasty place filled with shadowy, bloodthirsty terrorists who are bent on destroying civilization and committing mass-murder against Americans. And sometimes, in order to stop these people, you have to take off your gloves and get your hands dirty.


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