Monday, August 31, 2009

Torture Works

That torture works cannot be doubted, and these before and after photographs of Mohammed Ali Abtahi is all the proof necessary.

Before: plump, well-fed, pleasant-looking, and a critic of the Iranian regime.

After: red-faced, sullen, frightened, emaciated, no longer a critic of the Iranian regime.

Inbetween: a brief stay in Iranian detention.

For the sake of the editors of The New York Times and The Washington Post, when I say "torture," I mean the same thing as "harsh interrogation techniques," or "what some argue is torture" as applied to practices of the home team. Of course, even brand-name media are willing to call it torture when Iran is doing it, so let no one question their willingness to speak truth to governments not headquartered in the District of Columbia that violate human rights.

Should the current regime in Iran be swept away, we all hope that its successors will take up the Obama administration's banner of "looking forward" -- so forward as to be well past accountability. What good, pray tell, can come of dwelling on the past? Surely holding the regime's leaders to the standards of human rights law would be a debasing instance of "criminalizing" political differences. What happens in dark prisons should stay in dark prisons, right?

(via Revolution in Iran)

1 comment:

Bpaul said...

well put