• Ikoma, Nara

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The April 27 editorial “We don’t torture” made me feel sick. Especially disgusting was the sentence “Torture is always wrong.” Sure, it would be wrong to torture a petty thief, but one must not forget that the free, democratic countries have been, and will be, fighting a war against fanatic terrorists who think it is OK to kill themselves along with innocent bystanders in suicide bombings. In short, they are lunatics who must be treated differently from those unfortunate people who steal $10 because of poverty or from a TV celebrity who drinks too much and misbehaves. U.S. investigators did nothing wrong.

It must be emphasized that some criminals have to be tortured to get them to confess what they did and are up to. Torture is far better than doing nothing until terrorists attack.

U.S. President Barack Obama’s statements, along with his handshake with Venezuelan dictator President Hugo Chavez, reveal that he is nothing but a leftist. May those sane Republicans who are against Obama prevail.

satsuo matsumoto

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