The subtitle of the recently published Human Rights Watch volume of essays on Torture asks “Does it make us safer? Is it ever OK?” Michael Ignatieff’s essay for that volume, excerpted in April’s Prospect, seems to answer those questions with, respectively, a “yes, probably” and an “in the circumstances, many might think so.”
Ignatieff personally rejects torture as a solution. None the less, he opens the door for those with fewer scruples, arguing that “moral prohibition comes at a price” and that those of us who oppose torture should “also be honest enough to admit that we may have a…
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