2005-11-07

A question of definition?

"We do not torture," Mr Bush told reporters during a visit to Panama.

Meanwhile, back in reality, five U.S. soldiers are accused of detainee abuse.

Question; is kicking and punching abuse?

Let's check the dictionary.

Torture:
1 a
: anguish of body or mind : AGONY b : something that causes agony or pain
2 : the infliction of intense pain (as from burning, crushing, or wounding) to punish, coerce, or afford sadistic pleasure
3 : distortion or overrefinement of a meaning or an argument : STRAINING

Abuse:
1 : a corrupt practice or custom
2 : improper or excessive use or treatment : MISUSE abuse>
3 obsolete : a deceitful act : DECEPTION
4 : language that condemns or vilifies usually unjustly, intemperately, and angrily
5 : physical maltreatment

Hmmmm.... what do you think?

1 comment:

Jim Winter said...

"We don't torture. But the CIA needs an exception..."

You know it's bad when W's own party is getting pissed off about it. One would think John McCain would know from torture, but of course, he doesn't have George's vast experience of patrolling the deadly skies of Texas. He just sat in a cell for most of Vietnam.*

Just say no to more Texas presidents. They manage to wreck the country every time.

*That was sarcasm, for those of you who didn't get that. And ironically, McCain's personal experience with torture came thanks to another incompetent president from torture. Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right...