the recent discussions in the media about the utilising of waterboarding in the questioning of suspected terrorists has drawn some issues into focus for me.
granted that we all feel that torture is reprehensible, but for many the thought of terrorists running loose to kill people is equally so.....
so therin lies the moral and ethical paradox.
what does the greater harm?
thankfully i`m not being asked to make those sorts of decisions.
but something else struck me as i read a headline about the cia suggesting that waterboarding may be illegal.
does this mean that this form of torture immediately becomes as reprehensible to these people as it does to you and i, or merely that it becomes legally actionable as an offence.
i wonder how these people can function as normal people when thier brains are trained to think legally all day.
similarly, do newscasters talk to thier families the same way as they talk on t.v.?
and do they comb thier hair that way on week-ends?