It's pure torture listening to civilized people debating the academics and humanity of torture let alone a whole culture that does not recognize the very nature of man even if it were to bite them in the wazoo.
Is torture evil, wicked, inhumane and intolerable? Most certainly.
Is torture even necessary? Not only is it necessary but it is undeniably part of human nature and to reject it is to turn a blind eye to reality.
When war is declared it is not to teach the enemy a lesson. It is to kill the enemy.
The time for reasoned debate is over.
Civility in war may only be achieved through reciprocal humanity (You don't kill us and we won't kill you; Don't behead our soldiers and we won't torture yours).
No matter what side you are on it is the enemy that always determines at what level of civility upon which war is waged.
If an enemy hid a bomb in your loved ones neighborhood I would hope to God that my military, my government and my president would use all means at their disposal (civilized or not) to find that bomb.
For if our government does not defend us in times of peril why do we need them? Is this not why government was created?
If needed we all have the strength within us to protect ourselves and our loved ones, we merely have to have the will to do it.
If we have a President or Congress member who refuses to torture an enemy combatant in any situation then how can this be anything other than breaking their oath of office?
If your faith, religion, humanity, or morals would interfere with your duty to protect America and Americans then you have no business holding an elected office.
Jon P. Morrow