Should Torture Be Allowed or Not

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Should Torture Be Allowed or Not

The issue of torture is being very current and it arouses debate between those who are totally against it; those who think that it sometimes can be used for good; and those who are in between. The idea of torture was seen only as something that happened far away in time, and it should not even be considered as an issue of the modern society. Furthermore, torture was seen as a violation of the fundamental human rights, which were protected by different human rights conventions. But then something happened and actually influenced the general opinion about the issue of torture. Criminal attacks nowadays are not very rare. As long as we continue to be threatened from those criminal attacks, this issue will
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Let’s develop a case in which many argue that torture would serve for good: A bomb which will explode within an hour is planted in a big city, and a captured criminal who knows the destination of the bomb is not willing to talk. In this case, many argue that torture is the solution to get that information, and since it would save many lives, it should be allowed. Another argument that is used by those who are in favor of torture is that it would serve to the governments a tool for the protection of its citizens. According to them, a government should all of their means to ensure the safety of tis citizens, even if one of those tools is torture. As long as it is used for the benefit of the majority, it not only can, but it should be used. In my opinion both sides are right in presenting their arguments, and they both are very convincing. I agree that torture is against human rights and it contributes to the degradation of our society but as long as it also contributes in having a safer environment for everyone, does it really matter? Should the protection of a criminal’s right be valued more than the lives of many innocent people? I am one of those who think that there are some cases in which torture can be morally justified. For example, if I had to choose between torturing a criminal and saving ten, thousands, or millions of lives, or not torturing him/her, I would choose saving the lives of the innocent people, because in my opinion, the lives of innocent people


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