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"civilised west" using medieval torture methods in its war on terror.,
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This review is from: Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture (Kindle Edition)
An extremely well researched work revealing the dark side of the "civilised west" as it carries out its twenty first century war on terror. Ian Cobain reveals, in a balanced and therefore credible manner,that Britain and America, together with some of its allies in a range of foreign countries, are using medieval and prolonged torture methods which we all thought had been left behind in the in the dark ages.
Illegal rendition seems an almost weekly occurrence
It is essential for the west to win the hearts and minds of its enemies, real or perceived, and to do so they must retain the moral high ground.
However, to engage in savage torture as a means of extracting "intelligence" creates more embittered enemies and deepens the hatred for the west.
This book should be compulsory reading for all politicians, intelligence and military officers as it opens a window into which we can disappointingly see that Britain is not the country of fair play we all thought it was and only foreigners engage in foul, underhand tactics.
Overall, a fascinating read.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2012 20:12:15 GMT
Dr. R. G. Bullock says:
Retain the moral high ground? Perhaps we have lost it and should never have had it.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2013 18:00:44 BDT
Who did deserve to hold it, and who does now? Maybe it was always relative, some countries worse than others and some better - none of them run by angels.
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