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Kathleen Parker on Torture

Several years ago, I asked a veteran journalist for advice.

“I’m trying to figure out if I have an ethical conflict,” I began.

“If you have to ask, you do,” he said.

Simple as that. In posing a question, we often reveal the answer.

Apply the same construct to torture. If we have to ask, it probably is.

Read on. This is the first time in my life I can’t find a word in Parker’s column with which I disagree.

Oh, all right, I disagree that it is as “simple as that.” It’s even simpler. In U.S. Code Chapter 18, Section 2340, the legal definition of torture is spelled out in the clearest of terms. You’d have to be a crazed squirrel to not classify the sensation of death in waterboarding as torture. This may explain Dick Cheney.

The point is that even the most conservative of columnists is having to face facts on what’s happened. So why do our national politicians refuse to do the same?

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