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Torturing Debate

Posted by Jeremy Ghez on December 11, 2007

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The admission by the CIA that interrogation tapes were destroyed has sparked – again – the debate on torture and on the Bush Administration’s competence. 

To be sure, the Bush Administration has fumbled the ball yet again.   This is not a black and white issue – although promoting other ways to fight terror would certainly be strategically efficient in the Global War on Terror.  It is not a matter of free barbarity or violence for the sake of violence.  It is not as if our opponents are angels from Heaven.  But because of this Administration’s inability to communicate or to elaborate a viable strategy that offers and spreads hope at least as much as it generates fear, there will only be one side to the story, once again.

Just like in the cases of Guantanamo and Abu Grahib, what strikes me most is the speed at which the information was revealed – in this case, the tapes were destroyed in 2005, meaning less than two years ago.  Beyond this new controversy – or scandal, depending on where you place yourself – we have additional proof of how efficient our democracy is in bringing the information that matters to the public in a reasonable amount of time.  This is not true for all Western countries.  The U.S. should seek to draw all benefits from that democratic vitality.

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