Sometimes the debate on “torture” gets so silly,” and Debbie Schlussel gives the perfect example:
Wednesday Night, on ABC News’ “Nightline,” investigative reporter Brian Ross showed a chilling–but not surprising–tape of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, a prince in the United Arab Emirates’ ruling royal family, brutally torturing a man within inches of his life. Sheikh Issa’s brother Mohammed is the Crown Prince of the U.A.E.
The man being beaten, held down, and shot at by Sheikh Issa is a farmer, who the prince claims cheated him out of $5,000 of grain. For that alleged slight, Prince Issa forces the man to eat sand, beats him with a wooden plank with a nail on it, shoots at him, pours lighter fluid on the man’s testicles and sets them aflame, drives a nail through his buttock flesh, electrocutes him with a cattle prod, and then repeatedly runs over him with an SUV.
Incredibly, ABC News anchor Terry Moran has the utter gall to compare this real torture to America’s “torturing” (which is nothing close to this) of no more than three Islamic terrorists–including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Abu Zubaydah–who were bent on our destruction.
Brian, that is a shocking investigation, especially as our own country is engaged in a wrenching debate on torture.
Even if you think that water boarding is torture (I don’t) it should not be mentioned in the same sentence as what Sheikh Issa does in these videos. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed got wet, Los Angeles was saved. This WAS REAL torture.
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