Friday, April 17, 2009

That Torture is Torture

Andrew Sullivan uses a rhetorical question to state what should be obvious:

Does anyone believe that if Iran, say, captured an American soldier, kept him awake for eleven days straight, bashed his head and body against plywood walls with a towel around his neck, forced him to stand and sit in stress positions finessed by the Communist Chinese, stuck him in a dark coffin for hours, and then waterboarded him, that the NYT would describe him as a victim of "harsh interrogation techniques"? Do you think Mike Allen [of Politico] would give anonymity to a top Iranian official who defended these techniques as vital to Iran's national security?
Torture does not change definitions with changes to the torturer's uniform, insignia, or national flag. Under US and international law, torture is a crime. Under the most fundamental principles of the rule of law, crimes are subject to investigation and prosecution.

No comments: