Is Torture Ok?

948 WordsNov 23, 20094 Pages
There is an ongoing debate on whether torture should be used and if it is ever “ok”. There are many different points of view and both sides have very clear, convincing arguments on whether torture should be used as a way to obtain information. One side says that torture is not necessary even in extreme cases. The other side it should be used if it mandatory. Although these sound like a compromise they do have a few conflicting ideas. Even though both essays are trying to sway the reader to one side or another, it is the reader’s choice on how he or she feels on torture. The first piece I chose was “The Case for Torture” the author of the essay claims there are certain times when the only interrogating tool to use is torture. The author…show more content…
Both arguments state that in an extreme case torture is ok. This makes it seem that they are both for the same thing, this is false. One says that torture is ok if lives are in danger while the other says if lives are in danger we should get a warrant to use torture. The one that had the most persuasion was the first argument merely because it had support, convincing examples, and it appealed to my emotions. No, I did not cry. Although both arguments had weak counter arguments their examples made up for it. The problem I had was I had a biased mindset before reading the essays. I have always felt torture is ok as long as there is just cause. The first argument appealed more to me then the second. Although both arguments got there points across the first argument was just a stronger argument it used facts and surveys to make the argument that more convincing. The question was asked if torture was justifiable. There are many answers to this question. The two essays were well thought out and made me really think hard about this topic. The arguments made were both convincing but due to my nature I held my ground and was convinced more that torture is alright to use in extreme cases. The evidence used was also well put together. In the end, it is up to each individual to decide whether torture is “ok” to use or not, even in the most extreme

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