Thursday, May 26, 2005

I was tortured

It is true. I was tortured.

I recently discovered that I was a victim of a shocking crime. I was a tortured victim. No, I am nor ever been a jihadist being detained in Guantanamo, neither am I an insurgent being held in Abu Ghraib. I was never being captured in a war, detained or arrested by any government. But by definition of the many liberal pundits, I was tortured. And the perpetrators of the heinous crimes are no strangers; they are my parents and teachers.

Here is my ordeal. “Stress position” and “solitary confinement” were forced upon me, numerous times, and for many years. My parent routinely punished me by making me stand at attention in the corner, facing the wall, for hours. This torture occurred on a weekly basis, depended on how often I exercise my individual freedom (they call it “misbehavior”). This “stress position” tortures also occurred at school, where I am not the sole victims. Many of my fellow classmates were also victims of this despicable crime, perpetrated by our evil teachers. Readers would find it scandalous that our parents approved and at time applauded this torture. They often wrote thank you notes to our teachers for torturing us. Those evil parents!

And of course, the worst form of torture is the “solitary confinement.” How could I forget those hours I that I could hear my friends playing soccer outside and I could not join having to stare at a empty wall, contemplating my “misbehavior” as they say it; or being lock up in a room after school because I thought loudly to the whole class that the lecture, or fail to do my homework. Now that they say that those detainees at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib were tortured because they were put in “stress position” or “solitary confinement,” I want justice too. Damn it, I was tortured. Where do I go to file my formal complaint? Who do I address to? Where are CBS and the New York Times? I am entitled to be interviewed. I am a tortured victim. Where is the ACLU who supposes to advocate for my case?

Sarcastically challenged readers, the above paragraphs are intented as satire. On a more serious note, are we being squeamish here? Do “stress position” and “solitary confinement” constitute torture? What will we classified as torture next? Does screaming at a detainee constitute torture? Must also be sensitive to his feeling?

We must draw the line between torture and permissible methods of interrogation. By arbitrary define anything that detainee object to as torture is to make torture meaningless. Worse, it degrades real victims of torture, rendering their legitimate complains meaningless. Are we ready to equate heinous acts such as electrical shock or fingers amputation to solitary confinement?

Using pressure absent of physical harm to extract information is morally permissible – not doing so is immoral. Of course, if any US interrogators who physically harm detainee should be prosecute for their crimes – it is a crime in our book. But we should not hamper their mission by dilute the meaning of torture.


Blogger Overshop said...

Now I can put one more thing on my list of reasons why I was a bad mother. Thanks!

9:38 AM  
Blogger THIRDWAVEDAVE said...

Upon reflection, I, too, am a victim of cruel parental discipline.

Your points are well made. Now go stand in the corner and think about how badly you've made the MSM feel.

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