October 5, 2006, here on slacktivist: Dirty work
One of the problems with torture is that somebody has to carry it out — someone has to do it, has to inflict deliberate, coercive pain on another individual. And in the doing of it, it doesn’t matter a bit what this inflicting of coercive pain is called, whether the word torture is used or some nicer-sounding euphemism like “tough” or “aggressive tactics.”
And most people can’t do this. They just can’t. Not at first anyway. This is part of why the word “inhumanity” means what it means.