Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Torture and Cruelty

Alberto J. Mora, the writer of "The Question of Torture" in 2015, agrees with forbidding not only torture but "cruel treatment" as well, but he feels that there should no difference between the way we treat U.S. citizens and non-citizens. This is was also what the Geneva Conventions of 1949 established with the status and treatment of the prisoners of war. I, as well as my friend, agree with Mora's opinion because as a nation that believes in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness who "uphold the dignity of the individual" (Mora), we should follow these national standards developed from our ancestors who fought for our freedom. Treating their prisoners inhumanely gives other countries a "free ticket" to treat our soldiers just as cruelly. Torture is not always successful or at least not with any released information so in my opinion, it is not necessary to keep torturing someone for years and years if they have not given the necessary information about terrorism. We should treat non-citizens the same as we would treat a citizen of the U.S., even if suspected of being a terrorist.

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