Why We Shouldn’t Torture Lite

Thursday, Mar. 13, 2008 – Quotes of the Day – TIME:

“‘Stop exercising double standards on human rights issues and wrongly meddling in the internal affairs of other countries.’
–QIN GANG
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, accusing the U.S. of double standards over human rights in response to a U.S. report labeling Beijing an authoritarian regime.

While I’m not given to facile comments about torture, this quote hit me. It reminds me why when we play word games and parse our way to activities like waterboarding, we still lose.

(Via Time.)

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