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Torture is counterproductive

by on Jul.15, 2009, under Posts>Opinions>Politics>Terrorism>Posts>Opinions>Politics>World Affairs>Wars

It is a lesson from history that torture is counterproductive. The French tried to use torture to prevent themselves from losing their control over their colony Vietnam. However, the history of Vietnam’s war to gain independence from the French told me that their use of torture was counterproductive. Their torture of Vietnamese made them look cruel and desperate in the eyes of Vietnamese and drove more Vietnamese to fight against them.

There are at least two reasons why torture is counterproductive.

Firstly, for every person that is tortured or killed, there are many people who are their family members, relatives, friends, etc., who are enraged. So torture and killing create more enemies.

Secondly, for some people, the more we force them to do what we want them to do, the less likely they will do it. However, if we treat they with respect, they will cooperate. If what we try to achieve is noble, what we need to do is to convince them that what we want is not against their interests. Forcing them into doing something will make them suspicious as to what our intention is. This will drive them further away from us.

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