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Sunday, May 23, 2004

Third Battle

Chris, formerly of World Inquiry has spent the last year blogging the war on terror and specifically the struggle to liberate and stabilize Iraq. His knowledge of these issues is impressive, indeed. It was during the heat of Battle Rumsfeld that I received his request to stand as a Challenger here at Iron Blog.

He was less combative in his request to challenge one of my Iron Bloggers than our first two Challengers were. In fact, the only specification he gave me was that he did not want to Battle Iron Blogger Libertarian, Vinod Valloppillil, as he felt they would be in agreement on almost every issue. I granted that request.

Iron Blogger Green, Robin Pratt, I summon you to battle to represent this blog and your ideals against your Challenger. May your passionate writing serve you well in the trials to come.

I make an effort to see that the topic of battle is timely, here at Iron Blog, but I also try to insure it is balanced, that neither combatant has an unfair advantage - one of the reasons my Iron Blogger Green was not given Gay Marriage as his battle. No, I want a level playing field. And so, what shall the topic be?

If memory serves me right, our Challenger has an extensive foreign policy background, my Iron Blogger's strengths resting in sociological and domestic affairs. How am I to balance this out? I shall pick a topic rooted in our current war on terror, but one that is not about nation building and war planning. It shall be far more personal, far more intense. The topic for the battle is this:

Torture


Is torture a necessary evil to gather intelligence when lives are on the line? Are human rights paramount at all times? Can intelligence gathered through torture even be relied upon as accurate, or is it merely a human being beyond the breaking point telling their captors what they want to hear? Where do the rights of one guilty person stop, and the rights of many innocent people begin? Let us see what our combatants have to say.

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