Recently, Ethan has tackled the topic of torture and Zero Dark Thirty, and Kyle has written about the morality of torture. Writing in The Globe and Mail, Margaret Wente takes a bit of a different view of torture:
So when I went to see the film, I was expecting the worst kind of gut-wrenching brutality. But what I saw, please forgive me, wasn’t all that bad. It doesn’t touch the extreme violence of your average Quentin Tarantino movie or much of the pornographic violence that spews from Hollywood. The lengthy interrogation scenes show slaps, punches, sleep deprivation, food deprivation, waterboarding, sexual humiliation (nakedness) and being locked up inside a small box. All of this is pretty close to the facts, according to those who know. It’s what was known as “enhanced interrogation,” although a better name would be “torture lite.”
Ms. Wente asks if honest people can disagree about torture. Yes, there’s no doubt people can honestly attempt to justify evil.