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Okay I'll chime in. Those who advocate for torture of any kind, waterboarding or some other method from our distant past are totally ignorant of the facts on torture or have some kind of sadistic personality. First of all, torture doesn't work. In a Psychology Today article by Shane O'Mara, he states, "the evidence is in, and it is very clear: Torture as an interrogational theory and practice is a complete and utter failure." You can read more about torture in his article, Why Torture Doesn't Work, so I'll just leave it at that.
Yet torture has been around for a long time and continues today in every society. ISIS didn't invent torture. Many of the techniques are a product of our accepted Christian culture at the time. The torture inflicted on our African American community is an example of that. Take a look at these torture techniques from the distant past (Middle Ages) practiced and accepted routinely by our ancestors, many of them good Christians.
25 Most Brutal Torture Techniques Ever Devised in History
Now, is waterboarding a 21st Century "nice torture" compared to these? All torture is sadistic. To repeat, I believe that those who embrace torture either do not understand the pain or do not have empathy for the victims. That latter point on lack of empathy might be genetic. Trump is certainly one who seems to relish in demeaning people. His wins are not just wins but an occasion to celebrate again and again while rubbing in the loss to the opponent. It is not just about winning, which is very important to his ego, but also about having losers that feel the pain. It's easy to see how torture fills a part of this inner need...a worrisome character flaw for any president.
Human society has evolved from the days of the torture techniques listed in the above link, but for some who may be genetically predisposed, torture provides a certain satisfaction to one's psyche. I think Donald Trump falls into that category. When hate overcomes critical thinking, we can revert to our genetic dark side...the same dark side that we practiced in the Middle Ages.
So I ask, is waterboarding any more acceptable than the 25 most brutal torture techniques listed above? If so why?