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Sunday, August 19, 2001

Index: Consequences

The laws of nature operate with indifference to our opinions and preferences. Like billiard-balls on a table, all actions have consequences, whether we think they are fair or not, whether we want to believe in them or not. So when we choose a course of action, we must do so with our eyes wide open. Ignorance might protect us from moral accountability, but nature always collects its debts.

These are the consequences of torture.

Receiving false confessions and poor intelligence:

Providing justification for violent retaliation against one's self: Brutalising one's own soldiers and one's self: Undermining one's own professed objectives, proving one's own hypocrisy, and humiliating one's self:


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