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Torture is bad anywhere around the world, no matter who is being tortured. It is illegal and should be that way everywhere.
But politics is dirty, and the politicians have no morality, or so it seems these days. The USA government, like many other criminal governments around the world, has used tortures, horrific ones I must add, to inflict severe pains on their targets and extract information, even though those coerced information may not be true. Torture to its endorsers is an acceptable savagery. During the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, the CIA and the US military have committed some of the worst forms of sadistic tortures, previously known only practiced by some of the worst despotic rulers of history. Guantanamo Bay prison became the Gulag of our time with its shameful history of torture.
Even President Obama had to admit that the interrogation techniques in question are a sign that Americans have lost their "moral compass," a compliment similar to his the then Attorney General Eric Holder's identifying them as "moral cowards." Who can deny that harsh interrogation techniques - whether done by the US and western governments or their despotic partners in the Muslim world - are a major recruiting tool for al-Qaeda and other groups? It may not be irrational to see the connection between American abuse and torture of Muslim prisoners under their control with the savage beheading of hostages by the IS, the off-shoot of Zarqawi's criminal terrorist group. That is what torture does! It sets the precedence that if the US government could do such a savage crime then it is halal for others to follow the lead!
President George W. Bush who took the USA to an illegal war, which is solely responsible for godfathering today's IS, adopted a similar position: He admitted that he authorized waterboarding on national television, while maintaining that “The United States does not torture. It’s against our laws, and it’s against our values. I have not authorized it, and I will not authorize it.”