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May 05, 2009



I'm reading *Torture and Democracy* by Darius Rejali, at a slow pace. It's a very long book and, as you can imagine, not easy to read.
I think that the paradox is that out and out degenerate regimes just dump the bodies in the street, but democracies, which want to maintain a facade of respectability, torture in secret with the covert approval of the citizens. Water torture, for instance, is grisly but leaves no marks, so people can choose to believe it isn't that bad.
Would that there were more pleasant things to think about than all these horrors!


It is very depressing that in 2009 we as a nation are having a debate about torture and its efficacy.

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