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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

08 November 2005

Torture tit for tat

Richard Cohen has an article on torture in the Washington Post today; he writes, “the only way you can reasonably expect an enemy to be decent to American POWs is if we are decent to them.” Reciprocity is one of the strongest arguments against torturing enemy prisoners. But I am not sure this is relevant on the war on terror: America’s enemies summarily execute their captives on television. Would the militants treat their prisoners any different if America’s interrogation techniques were changed? I doubt it.

References:
Richard Cohen, “Torture, Shaming us all,” Washington Post, 8 Nov 05 (link)

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