Yesterday, I brought up the issue of torturing prisoners of war. The United States has faced repeated accusations that the prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay are facing torture. I asked, “How should Christians feel about these repeated accusations?” and “Is this a violation of human rights?” If these are violations of human rights, why do Christians in the U.S. seem to ignore the problem rather than trying to put and end to the abuse?
There is an article today that states that Barack Obama is ready to put an end to some of the interrogation methods that are currently used by the CIA. You can read the article by clicking below.
I want to re-ask a couple of questions that I posed yesterday, but in a new way:
- While it is wrong to take the life of a human being, few would argue that there is not a time when war, which results in large numbers of casualties, is necessary. It is argued that war is often justified because it preserves the greater good. The loss of life is unfortunate, but a necessary price to protect the masses and allow good to triumph over evil.
- If this is true (that war and the taking of human life is sometimes justified), can it be argued that the torture of prisoners of war can be justified as well? Can we argue that torturing prisoners of war is necessary to preserve the greater good? Surely these methods result in intelligence that help good conquer over evil, right?
- Who decides what the greater good is and when it is OK to use extreme measures to protect it?
I am still trying to get a handle on this topic, so please lend me your thoughts.