Torture In Iraq and Dirty Harry

It is easy to condemn torture until your life, or the life of a loved one, is on the line. When torture is condemned I often think of a very old "Dirty Harry" movie; the one where an insane person has an 8 year old child buried alive and if they do not find her quickly she will die.

Dirty Harry, Clint Eastwood, captures the perpetrator and tortures him resulting in the little girls life being saved. After 911 I was cheering for Dirty Harry. It is easy to be against torture until it gets personal. I was not a fan of Dick Cheney and George Bush but in the case of 911 they did what they had to do.

As time passes torture is needed less, however it may rise again. Remember, after World War II all of the individuals charged with crimes against humanity were on the losing side of the war. Just think if we would have lost to Japan.


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