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When we condone torturing those we capture, are we putting our own troops in greater danger of being tortured themselves if captured by the enemy?

When we condone torturing those we capture, are we putting our own troops in greater danger of being tortured themselves if captured by the enemy?
  • If we state that we're willing to torture people and violate international law, we are likely to be treated the same way.

    Torture is against international law. If a country publicly states that it does not plan to obey international law, then other countries will be more likely to consider themselves entitled to ignore the law, as well. Also, if someone knows the U.S. is probably torturing their citizens, then they are more likely to retaliate by torturing U.S. citizens.

    Posted by: R3yGoobIe
  • No, because it seems that our troops get tortured regardless of what we do.

    History shows that when our troops have been captured during the war on terror, they have been tortured regardless of the circumstances. The war on terror is not the type of war our forefathers fought. The only way to gather information from the enemy is to constantly find new methods of gaining information from these foreign fighters.

    Posted by: SlipArnal
  • I do think that a supposedly civilized country, like the United States, condoning torture sets a standard for how all countries can and will treat their war prisoners.

    It would be silly for us to assume that when the United States tortures prisoners of war, its enemies will not also treat U.S. prisoners of war in kind. So, I do think condoning torture puts our soldiers at a greater risk of being tortured themselves.

    Posted by: ToughEfrain26
  • I think that when we condone torturing those we capture, we are putting our own troops in greater danger of being tortured themselves if captured by the enemy.



    I think that when we condone torturing those we capture, we are
    putting our own troops in greater danger of being tortured themselves if
    captured by the enemy. This is only
    common sense. We have to practice what
    we preach. If we set a better example and
    stick to it, maybe others will follow.


  • I believe that torturing one's own captives puts one's own people at risk if they are captured too.

    The behavior of one person, group, or nation to another person, group or nation is often reflected back - when people do bad things to others, the others will retaliate. Torturing prisoners lets the enemy have equal moral ground when they do it and easier justification to their own people.

    Posted by: DuaneAir
  • When we torture those we capture, we DO put our own troops in greater danger of being tortured themselves if they are captured by the enemy.

    The USA is a leading nation of the world and other nations look up to us as an example of how to do things. If we demonstrate that torturing enemy captives for the "good" of our nation is right, then that gives the green light to other countries to do the same thing. If we harp on about human rights and then go around and severely violate them, then just just makes the USA look like a hypocritical nation.

    Posted by: BDanielle
  • I agree that if you torture captives, the enemy will have more of a reason to be brutal and torture our own troops.

    This is found on the most basic form of psychology of humans in that their is a "tit-for-tat" mentality. If we can justify any form of torture on an enemy combatant, than how could the enemy not do the same? Any form of torture on any sort of life form is against the basic laws of nature and should never be performed ever.

    Posted by: IyanaH
  • We are putting our own troops in greater danger, if we don't expect to be treated a certain way we have to treat those against us with just as much humanity, otherwise in return we get what we give.

    If we expected to escape harsh treatment from someone else even though we put them through the roughest of times by torturing them, it would be impractical to think that once our troops were captured they would be treated with dignity and in a humane way. There are people who live by the idea of an eye for an eye. If torture is used on the opposing side, it is apparent that it will be conflicted upon the others as a form of revenge. It can even be expected to be a harsher treatment than what was given because everything is fair in love and war. If you do not force someone to stoop to the same level you are at, you have to treat them a certain way to get a reaction and if torture is used, it can only be justified if the opposing side uses it as well.

    Posted by: MyHier
  • I do not believe in condoning torture, as it puts our own troops in danger.

    I believe torture, in any form, is unethical, and puts our own troops in danger upon capture. Condoning torture will give off the impression that it is okay for our enemies to torture our own troops. It also gives the enemy incentives as to why we may be wrong in their eyes. These actions are not allowed in my eyes.

    Posted by: Maximus Walton
  • I think we are putting our troops in danger when we torture others.

    Treat others as you would like to be treated. When the American military condones and allows torture, we are setting standards for the way that we would like our own military to be treated. War is a back and forth, with one side hitting back in a similar or harsher way with each round. When we torture others, when their troops obtain American troops, they will do the same thing or worse than what we are doing to them. The military should treat prisoners of war in a manner that we would like our own troops to be treated. While I know we will not be providing anyone with luxury hotels, we should treat everyone with common human courtesy even if they are the enemy, and should treat them as we treat prisoners in American jails.

    Posted by: lachercheuse
  • I oppose torturing enemies generally, but not because it would stop them from doing so to us.

    Look, it doesn't make sense that the enemy would stop torturing us just because we don't torture them, or try to make a good example for not torturing them. Why would they want to stop if we do in this case? A lot of enemies are bad and don't care what we do in terms of what would be honorable.

    Posted by: FreeWilfredo30
  • The opposing side will not make their policy about torture based on our policy about torture, just as we wouldn't.

    When you make a decision that you are going to allow the use of torture, it does not affect the decisions being made by the opposing side, in regards to the same. They will make their decision about whether or not to torture our men based on whether or not they find it to be of value to them, just as we do.

    Posted by: MariaR
  • We do not put our own troops in danger of being tortured when we torture enemy prisoners, because our enemies have a different set of moral values.

    We do not put our own troops in danger of being tortured when we torture enemy prisoners, because the enemy is not concerned with our actions, and our enemies have a totally different set of moral values. They define sleep deprivation as torture, yet continue to behead and burn prisoners. We are not the aggressor. We are defending our country and any act is permissible, as long as our country is defended against the aggressor.

    Posted by: JamieM
  • No, just because we don't do something. It doesn't mean another country with different beliefs won't do it.

    I mean they blow themselves up, we don't it doesn't matter how much they do it we never will.... This debate is invalid to have 73% of vote saying yes. Stop watching CNN and realize war isn't about being honest or nice. It's about doing what you have to, to win.

  • No, condoning torture of those we capture would not effect our own troops safety one bit.

    I am in the US Army, and I know personally that we are not allowed to torture those taken hostage, as it is against the Geneva Convention. Yet although we are not torturing out captives, they're still torturing our people in which they capture. It makes no difference, yet we still take the upper hand.

    Posted by: LorenaH
  • Carry a reputation for violence, violence will be returned.

    The reputation for being tortured is going to send messages to everyone that you are going to be violent. It undermines the safety of everyone else trying to maintain a safe occupancy in war, by stating we are going to harm you.

    Posted by: Bear
  • We are not putting our troops in greater danger of being tortured because we engage in torture. The reason is that the rogue nations that we engage in war with do not normally follow normal rules anyway.

    Torturing those we capture would not increase the possibility of our troops being tortured if they are captured by our enemies. The reason that this is so is that most of the nations that we would go to war with do not follow conventional rules of war. The reason that we end up going to war with many of those nations is the very behavior that we are discussing in this debate.

    Posted by: TasticBran

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