Associated Press have just completed a poll of people in Europe, US, Canada and Asia. I find the results disturbing to say the least. The poll was angled so that questions were aimed at torture in ‘rare’ cases being ok.
In America, 61 percent of those surveyed agreed torture is justified at least on rare occasions. Almost nine in 10 in South Korea and just over half in France and Britain felt that way.
In the poll, about two-thirds of the people living in Canada, Mexico, South Korea and Spain said they would oppose allowing U.S. officials to secretly interrogate terror suspects in their countries. Almost that many in Britain, France, Germany and Italy said they felt the same way. Almost two-thirds in the United States support such interrogations in the U.S. by their own government.
Source – Guardian Unlimited
I can’t help but believe it is a sign of a failing society when fully half the population would condone torture under any circumstances. Do they not realise what they are agreeing to? Where do you draw the line? How does torturing people give your cause the moral high ground? It doesn’t. All it shows is continued belief in pushing your agenda “by any means necessary”. The end justifies the means. That is a scary, slippery slope.