Thursday, April 27, 2017

Treatment of U.S. Citizens and Non Citizens

"The Geneva Conventions forbid not only torture, but also "cruel treatment" and "humiliating and degrading treatment" for prisoners of war". Alberto J. Mora agrees with this but he also believes that in general the U.S. should treat U.S. citizens and non citizens the same way. I agree to a certain extent. Torture and cruel treatment is completely inhumane and it is good that it is banned; however, in extreme cases cruel punishment could be used effectively to gain vital information. Mora also described how cruelty and torture are different things, and cruelty can become extreme and turn into torture. I believe torture should be completely banned (as it is supposed to be), but in extreme cases, only rarely, cruelty may be used if used correctly. There is also the argument that the U.S. should not use torture or cruelty because we wouldn't want that done to our soldiers. I agree that we would not want our soldiers to go through that, and that is what makes this issue so complicated; however, if a U.S. citizen is an extreme threat as a non U.S. citizen, the situation should be handled the same way. Only in extreme cases should extreme measures be taken if it is to save lives. This is an extremely complicated system that needs to have order and clear rules if going to be used.

1 comment:

  1. Cate, it is an interesting point you raise and I agree that this is an extremely complicated ethical dilemma. What I have the most trouble with is that I don't know how to define, "an extreme case". How do we decide who is and who isn't worthy of basic human rights? What makes someone deserving? Who gives us the authority to decide?