Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A Primer on REAL Torture

No waterboarding here.

Kaing Guek Eav, the former Khmer Rouge chief at Tuol Sleng prison where nearly 17,000 Cambodians (and a few others) were tortured and killed (or sent to nearby Choeung Ek for execution), has been on trial the last few weeks in Phnom Penh. Unlike the few other top officials from Pol Pot's regime who are awaiting trial, Eav -- known as "Duch" -- has admitted responsibility for the evil. The brutalities committed under his authority are unimaginable: beatings, electrocutions, fingernail-ripping, burning, cutting, etc. Guards would toss infants in the air like they were skeet and fire away.

The infants never spilled any information, either.

But, as AP and AFP report, with a sigh of relief, that there was no "waterboarding."

HT: AmSpecBlog


MAS1916 said...

America's moral superiority surely helped the victims of the Khmer Rouge. Waterboarding was child's play. These animals just drowned their victims.

The President left an awful lot of unanswered questions about this last evening. Among those were: What were the 'other' methods that could have been used to gain the information that prevented an LA attack by Al Qaeda?

Obama's naive world view is dangerous beyond description. And the press is only interested in making the guy look good. They missed so many follow up questions!

Roland Melnick said...

I agree with MAS1916.

When you have an enemy already determined to slaughter your citizenry by the thousand, how does waterboarding worsen your relations with them? Is it even possible to make things worse?

Al-Jazeera will run anti-American propaganda regardless of what we do or don't do. When it comes to safeguarding Americans faced with a real, imminent threat, our image with other countries is secondary.

Another dangerously naïve position is that we are endangering our own soldiers should they be captured. We have no agreements or treaties with these people. They've shown no capacity for civil treatment of any prisoners they take.