by Omar Ali
This is a video of the army interrogating some Taliban suspects and they all get beaten during interrogation. Which is not unexpected and is probably no worse than what most other armies do in counter-insurgency, but its not good either. One must disapprove of such treatment of suspects even if one knows that it happens in every insurgency. Which is why it would have been better if we had not allowed things to reach this stage.
Btw, for those unfamiliar with the everyday standards of torture in the Indian subcontinent, I will add that this particular army detachment is pretty amateur and “soft” and would get laughed out of any police station in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. The officer even gets his men to stop at several points while the suspect is still only lightly injured. If you want to see real torture, you will have to go to a thana in Lahore or Delhi or Amritsar. American police stations used to do a pretty thorough job of beating suspects in the old days, but one must admit that standards in the US have really changed and serious torture of the subcontinental variety is now the exception rather than the rule. England (and the Scandinavians, to the best of my knowledge) is probably the most civilized in this respect, with police torture being a most rare exception indeed. The coarser aspects of British society do exist, but their police is still among the most amazingly civilized in the world….which is neither here nor there, but I thought I would put it in anyway; The security apparatus in most countries is still so casually cruel that one should make an effort to give credit where credit is due…