Sunday, 20 July 2008

On Torture...

"It was not over for a while. It still is not over. Twenty-two years later I am still dangling over the ground by dislocated arms, panting and accusing myself...with the first blow from a policemen's fist, against which there can be no defence and which no helping hand will ward off, a part of our life ends and can never again be revived...Whoever has succumbed to torture can no longer feel at home in the world, which already collpased in part at the first blow, but in the end, under torture, fully, will not be reagined."

Jean Amery, survivor of Fort Breendonk, Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen.

Let us not forget what is done in our name, for our freedoms and at what cost.


  1. That resonates me w/ me as a man who's dislocated his right shoulder seven times and his left once by playing sports.

    I've often wondered how I'd hold up in torture.... It's awful that there's that possibility of being controlled by other beings rather than being killed. That potentiality just doesn't exist among other species.... Dolphins? Nope. Kangaroos? Nope. Just us. we can take your fingernails out by needlenose pliars. That is our talent.

  2. Brill observation, Mate! Did you see Chris Hitchens's recent article in Vanity Fair, "Believe Me, It's Torture"? (

  3. Very sobeing. Thanks for the reminder. There is not one day that any of us should let up on our governments and our politicians when innocent people are suffering in our name.

  4. M@: the full story of the dislocation tactics used by the Nazi Germans in WW2 is pretty horrendous. And that is indeed our 'talent'...

    Ortho: indeed I did, very good piece and also watched the video of him being waterboarded, horrible.

    UWL: cool.

  5. Waterboarding looks like fun...

    (I mean doing waterboarding to your victim)

    Maybe I should do this to folks who don't pay their newspaper bill? Lost over £800 on fleeing customers already...whoo-hooo! I'll be bust by Xmas. Support your local businessman, folks.


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