Should Torture Be Allowed

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Torture, for most people using this word usually brings up bad meanings or memories. I think sometimes people will avoid this word or using this word because it makes them uncomfortable. One definition is “intense physical or mental suffering, something that causes pain or to inflict pain upon; to cause to suffer” (Webster’s Standard Dictionary). That does not sound pleasant, other definitions aren’t any better. Another dictionary says it like this “anguish of the body or mind, the infliction of intense pain. Torture is to cause intense suffering, to punish or coerce by inflicting excruciating pain” (Merriam – Webster’s Collegiate® Dictionary). The very meaning of the word makes people cringe, but torture has been something that we have carried …show more content…
Then others saying in certain circumstances torture should be used. From the perspective of torture never being used, people bring up many good reasons to have this opinion. Some good reasons being the physical and mental consequences torture puts on the tortured. During and after one is released from the environment of torture, the victim can be haunted by many things that brings back experience of being tortured. Things like dreams, flash backs, physical sensations of pain, and many others. Not only are the tortured effected, but also the torturer the person doing the interrogating. “Torture is done by ordinary people – by people just like you and me. But the act of torturing – of engaging in this fundamental violation of other human beings – has a way of transforming one into a broken person, often incapable of finding a happy, peaceful life in the world around you. In this sense, torture produces the inhuman; the inhuman does not produce torture” (Wisnewski 185). “Many former torturers, as well as those who have engaged in routine violence against others, often suffer from a type of Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder that emerges from engaging in actions like torture or assassination” (Wisnewski 195). Lastly, on the case against torture we have the Christian perspective. I know this may be simple but Jesus commands us to love your neighbor as yourself …show more content…
Some people when you talk about torture only thinks of extreme circumstances like the Holocaust; while others think about the simple but painful techniques to gather information. Taking all of this into consideration, to say that torture should never be used because its inhumane. We should think what kind of definition or torture do you have? I do agree and I will say it again “torture without purpose, when torture itself is the purpose” that is when it is wrong (Ishida 58). For torture to be allowed when it helps save lives or when it will be able to prevent death or destruction, I don’t see how that can be considered wrong. Its understanding the difference between when torture will benefit a situation in some way, or when torture is just being used in a way that is

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