December 06, 2005

INTERESTING DEVELOPMENT: "Most Americans and a majority of people in Britain, France and South Korea say torturing terrorism suspects is justified at least in rare instances, according to AP-Ipsos polling. . . . In America, 61 percent of those surveyed agreed torture is justified at least on rare occasions. Almost nine in 10 in South Korea and just over half in France and Britain felt that way." I happen to disagree with this view, though I can't say I'm surprised, and I suspect that the over-the-top hysteria of some torture opponents, equating things like fake menstrual blood and wrapping people in the Israeli flag with torture, is actually creating a backlash. It will be interesting to see whether this poll affects any of our political weathervanes in Congress.

UPDATE: Tom Holsinger suggests the headline, "Majorities say torture should be safe, legal, rare."