The United Nations’ top human rights official said Friday that waterboarding â€” a tactic used by the U.S. in its battle against terror â€” qualifies as torture. The Bush administration acknowledged for the first time this week that it waterboarded al-Qaida detainees. Vice President Dick Cheney said it was “a good thing” that the prisoners had been forced to give up helpful information. [source]
Well now that the UN has spent time, energy and money debating whether strapping someone down and pouring water over his cloth-covered face to create the sensation of drowning is actually considered torture, we can all rest easy. Next up on the agenda: the questionable legitimacy of crocodile shears.
The UN can be so cute sometimes.
UNfortunately, this all comes in the midst of that US confession of actually using this technique. And aside from Cheney’s Martha Stewart moment back there, I say unfortunately because this reminds me of the Abu Ghreib scandal. The Americans simply handed over the jails to the Iraqis who have arguably done more damage.
In other words, admitting that waterboarding is a technique they use might mean they’ll have to stop doing it and hand the job over to someone else.
I wonder who.
Anyways, is it just me or does anyone see the irony in the fact that the US is engaged in these acts as a way to fight terror? It’s akin to Israel annexing land and homes in order to defend itself.
But hey, sometimes a good offense is the best defense, right?