Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Didn't we see this scene in The Pianist and Schindler's List?
New York Times gettin' snarky!
Rewarding Mr. GonzalesActually, it's not torture unless the trousers the poor sap pisses are worth more than $25. Less than that and it's just a fraternity hazing prank.
For instance, the Geneva Conventions say that it is torture when a prisoner suffers mentally from the use of mind-altering drugs or the threat of imminent death. But the administration's lawyers have decided that temporary trauma doesn't count, and that mental suffering is real only if it lasts for years. More than once, American soldiers have taken an Iraqi teenager and compelled him to dig his grave, then forced him to kneel, put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger in a mock execution. Is that not torture unless he's still upset about it in five years?
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