Torture and Just War So much for diplomacy and the using of non-violence to retrieve valuable information from criminals. Our world today is much different from what it was so many hundred years ago when torture was seen as something proper and necessary that was the basis for people telling the truth or risking getting killed or seriously injured in the process. Nowadays there is so much red tape and bureaucracies that individuals have to respect before even thinking of perusing making it near impossible for the truth to reveal itself. But with so much war looming and violent dangers to society its time to reconsider old methods of extracting whats important from the subject. Anyhow, many people continue to be reluctant in accepting and taking into account that torture as Darelle Cole puts it is “as an act of state-sponsored force to gain information crucial to the well-being of the common good, should be consid- ered as a tactic of war, and therefore scrutinized in terms of just war theory” (Cole 26). Furthermore, it is existential for us as a society to come together and use torture as a resource to crack down on terrorists as well as captured criminals who have crucial intelligence that could lead to the capture of “bigger fishes.” With many people using violence as the last resort for getting what they want its time to re-examine that principle and see how it applies in terms of reaching the truth. In other words, its enhanced interrogation that is morally acceptable because of the simple cruel nature of war. But there are sill people that continue to belief that the ends of torturing individuals for their information does not justify the means as expressed by the Just War theorists. Moving forward the Just War theorists’s heat is very much fueled by Jeremy Bentham’s beliefs who “gives the classic utilitarian argument for torture when he argues that torture is possibly justifiable as the lesser of two evils” (Cole 26). This goes with the idea that if torture has to be used to save innocent lives it should be done without hesitation. Even so, there are those individuals who believe “torture contradicts the golden rule” which in brief implores people should treat others how they would individually like to be treated. The flaw in this argument is that fails to understand that “we take advantage of superior strength all the time in war—that is typically how we win” since the golden rule says that we should turn down from employing our superior strength on our enemies. Opponents also argue “whatever is opposed to life itself, such as any type of murder . . . whatever violates the integrity of the human person, such as mutilation, torments inflicted on body or mind, attempts to coerce the will itself . . . are infamies indeed” (Cole 30). In other words those acts of torture are a moral insult against human dignity which is an action that goes against God and the good that he instills in every human. Yet, people are not convinced that torture is some type of violation inherited from creation making it evil to use for the benefit of society. Additionally, “torture need not be used “solely” as a means to an individual’s own ends, but the ends of the common good of relatively just state” (Cole 31). Cole then brings the argument that above else torture harms the torturer just as much the “victim” which he doesn’t agree with it at all. John Perry goes further to say that torture gives the torturer some time of power that makes them to actions that will deprave them ultimately at the end. Its wrong to say that because acts of force aren't done out of a sense of hatred and revenge but committed by a soldier would come from a sense of duty and love of neighbor. Torture like “soldiering should always be the kind of job done with professional detachment toward the objects of force that would preclude the kind of intense emotional involvement that could lead to vicious acts” (Cole 33). Moreover, its important that this is all
Incarceration, Torture and War in the U.S.
The majority of Americans twenty years ago would agree that unwarranted, mass
incarceration, torture and perpetual war are products of a morally corrupt society. The view of
this in our society has changed drastically since. A façade has been set up to cultivate false fear
in the minds of our population. We are indoctrinated to unquestioningly fear what our
government deems as terrorism, mass drug addiction…
Perspectives on Torture and the War on Terrorism
Perspectives on Torture and the War on Terrorism
Yoo defined torture as an act committed upon a person with specific intensions to cause him/her severe mental or physical pain or suffering by another person acting under the color of law, and has his custody or physical control. This pain must not be as a result of lawful sanctions. This type of definition that Yoo uses is “threatening” and is unlawful. President Obama however…
War on Terrorism and the
Ethics of Torture
For many years terrorism has played a major part in American history, dating back as far as the late 20th century. They're many parts to understand when exploring and understanding terrorism, such as ethical boundaries of counterterrorism operations, morality target killings, and the use of torture while dealing with a terrorist. When discussing terrorism, understand that they are two different types, domestic and international. Although domestic…
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Essay #2 - Torture Discussion Essay
Instructor, Margaret Anderson
Torture – An Unnecessary Evil
At issue are whether torture should be permissible, and what the implications of said permissibility are to foreign nations. For this discussion, “torture” is defined as a non-lethal means of extracting information from a suspected malefactor for the purpose of using that information to save innocent lives in an emergency situation, or “ticking time bomb” scenario…
April Van Camp
The Truth behind Torture
Acts of interrogation or torture towards humans has many perspectives. There are many viewpoints that people have on the circumstances in which torture is necessary or unnecessary. Torture without reason is inhumane and uncalled for. People that torture others who are innocent deserve absolutely no respect or positive recognition. Although, torture may be reasonable in situations like enemy hostage scenes or ticking-time-bomb…
European Medi@Culture-Online Author: Sontag, Susan. Title: Regarding the torture of others.
Source: New York Times Magazine. 23.05.2004. New York 2004. Published with kind permission of the author.
Regarding the torture of others
For a long time --- at least six decades --- photographs have laid down the tracks of how important conflicts are judged and remembered. The memory museum is now mostly a visual one. Photographs have an insuperable…
February 15, 2013
War has always been an issue of high discussion due to all the consequences that follow the choices associated when dealing with war. The question we must deal with is; is national self-defense a goal that can justify launching a war, despite the large-scale killing that it is sure to ensue? This question brings many different opinions from both sides of the spectrum and different views. Walzer expresses his view of justifiable wars, while a pacifist like Gandhi, would…
exercise its legal power in order to obtain their perceived interests before their actions has become an act of torture to the political interpretation of our society. Numerous democratic countries around the world that enhance of empathizing human rights and protection against abuse have been caught using highly coercive interrogation methods when dealing with terrorism. Although torture may be an internationally recognize illegal action, it has not stopped countries such as the United States of…
14 January 2015
On The Torture of the Nation
Torture has been around ever since we had nations. Even though torture was used as
punishment by the Ancients, now it is used to collect information from POWs, Prisoners of war.
Even though many sanctions have banned torture from the UN, many large nations implement
torture, namely the US, China, and Israel. These countries claim that torture is necessary for the
protection of the nation; that it discove…
Is Torture Ever Justified?
January 15, 2014
Is torture in any form ever justified to gain information for a specific cause? Even if that
cause is for good or for bad intentions? Many would state that torture is justified as a last resort
or others deem it as inhumane. Torture means any act by which severe pain or suffering,
whether physical or mental,…