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Water boarding and Torture

There is no accepted international definition of torture. That being said, there are certainly procedures that rise to anyone’s definition of torture. Beatings, electrical shock, and other barbaric methods are torture by anyone’s definition. There are governments, organizations and individuals that employ these types of torture to force confessions or get information, but they would, no doubt, admit they are torture. Some people simply have no moral aversion to torture.

Volunteer Demonstrates Water boarding.

Volunteer Demonstrates Waterboarding.

The question of exactly what constitutes torture is a question many nations are unable to answer, but many have opinions. In the US, prisoners have filed law suits over lack of color TV’s in jail, claiming it is cruel and unusual punishment. With thinking like that, no wonder trying to come up with an international definition is like nailing jello to a tree.

But the current hot topic of water boarding is all the buzz in the media. Does it constitute torture, or not? Obviously, reasonable people on both sides of the issue disagree. Numerous people have volunteered to undergo the technique to try to form an opinion, or demonstrate the horrors of water boarding. It is hard to imagine finding a volunteer willing to undergo genital electrical shock or beatings to see if it is torture. The fact that many have volunteered should give pause to question if water boarding is torture at all.

The larger question in this issue is the motive behind all the attention. Obviously, there are those on the left that will take any opportunity that presents itself to embarrass the Bush administration in order to cover up the failures of the current administration. But how can you tell if their motives are a true objection on moral grounds, or simply another partisan jab at Republicans and the previous administration?

The answer is quite simple. If you believe, on moral grounds, that torture is wrong, and truly believe water boarding is torture, you would not want to see this done to anyone, friend or foe. If, on the other hand, your motive is political and partisan, and you have no morals, then you would love to see your foes undergo this procedure. And you would be giddy with the thought of torturing them.

If you fall in the first category, it would be impossible not to respect your views as deeply held moral convictions. If you fall in the second category, then you are using a disingenuous outrage for political gain. This would make you a truly despicable human being. Keith Olberman (see video) falls into the later category and shows his true feelings in the video.

It is simple logic. If you believe torture is wrong and water boarding is torture, then your moral belief is that it is always wrong. Olberman’s desire to see Sean Hannity “tortured” proves Olberman is a despicable human being as well as a liar.

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

3 Responses to “Water boarding and Torture”

  1. Lou says:

    I don't think the editor gets it and I don't think Keith Olberman desires that anyone be tortured. Rather, this is a practical challenge. If Hannity believes that waterboarding is not torture, he should experience it and then recomment.

  2. Lou says:

    I don't think the editor gets it and I don't think Keith Olberman desires that anyone be tortured. Rather, this is a practical challenge. If Hannity believes that waterboarding is not torture, he should experience it and then recomment.

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