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Glad to have discovered this blog of yours, Daniel!Why doesn't torture work on terrorists? Here's the real deal--the "mujaheddin", as they call themselves, are more or less mentally programmed to practice "taqiyya"--lying to the "kafir" under all circumstances--and torture will not garner the truth from them, ever. In fact, torturing them plays right into their hands. It seems to not be a case of blurting bullshit when put under extreme pressure and pain, in order to escape the torture--it's a case of being utterly motivated to mislead their enemy--us--through misinformation. Plus, it's giving them what they desire--a taste of "martyrdom". They're prepared to suffer, of course. The subculture of these groups is one that celebrates death, after all. (I want to make it clear that I'm not an Islamophobe by any means, I greatly respect Muslim moderates such as Irshad Manji, but I'm willing to speak the truth about the filth that has arisen from this particular religion as well as from others. Also, I'd never deny that torture is morally reprehensible when done to anyone, but in this case, it's also not pragmatic, it's just useless). Why have these realities been ignored? Political correctness, perhaps? Somehow, scientifically, it's imperative that we discover other methods, effective yet worthy of our aims towards morality, of obtaining secrets from the murderous thugs whom we have captured. Vulcan mind-meld, anyone? (Being facetious there, obviously). I want to make it clear that I'm a proud Independent, and I support our current president wholeheartedly, Limbaugh/Coulter/Beck/Schlussel/Malkin/O'reilly/Hannity be damned. (They're interchangeable, aren't they?)
Well, I was just going to say that torture was evil, and leave it at that. But your ideas work, too.On the subject of religion, let's face it - they all have blood on their hands. Every damned one of 'em. Human beings just love to kill and then pin the blame on Daddy. Daddy Made Me Do It. Sigh.
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