On Saturday evening three of the the Republican candidates for the US Presidency expressed their support for torture. In fact, they came out in support of waterboarding, claiming it wasn’t torture at all.
We find this deeply disturbing in light of the consensus that waterboarding clearly is torture.
US columnist Frank Bruni also strongly criticised the candidates’ statements, in his words: “If we truly believe ourselves to be exceptional, a model for all the world and an example for all of history, then why would we practice torture? ”
Let us be clear again: torture is never justified. Under any circumstances. In any place. At any time.