Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It's Okay to Torture 46% of Americans

That's the way I'm reading it.

The survey, conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), polled more than 17,000 people from 16 countries between June and September of this year. Of those in the United States, 33 percent said they believed torture was a part of war, and 46 percent agreed that a captured enemy combatant could be tortured to obtain information, compared to just 27 percent and 36 percent of all respondents, respectively. Those numbers grouped Americans among the nations most accepting of torture, with participants in Afghanistan, Syria, Russia, Iraq, Yemen, and South Sudan all showing less favor for such methods.

By contrast, only 16 percent of Afghans and 23 percent of Syrians believed that torture was a part of war, while most indicated that it was wrong.

I'm thinking it's more of a fact of life when you live in Afghanistan or Syria. It's a little more of a remote possibility to your average American. Once again, I'm so happy to live among so many fine followers of Jesus the Christ. 

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