One thing I think we as a nation need to get over is the "horror" we experience with seeing civilians blown up by "terrorists".
If I were to be attacked by someone in a tank, I'm not going to run headlong into them and start beating it with a sledgehammer. It'd be useless. What I would do instead is hide until the occupants either left or got tired and exited for a smoke. Then attack.
My point is that in war you don't attack your opponent's strengths. You attack their weaknesses.
To win a war, you must take away your opposition's *will* to fight.
No nation or group has the power to take on the US directly. Almost by definition, any organization that wishes to oppose the US militarily will be forced to use guerilla methods if any degree of success is to be had.
Attacking civilians is a method for taking away the enemy's *will* to fight. I don't condone the behavior, but that's the way it is.
I suggest we get away from the politically-induced hystrionics of "Terrorism" and come together to figure out a way to contain or eliminate this enemy. Getting outraged over some action or another only saps our own will to fight. Better to ignore it and attack the enemy to the best of our abilities. To jump up and down in indignant outrage is about as useful as the British's outrage that our revolutionary fighters refused to line up in rows and "fight" in the open fields.
To get back to the subject at hand, I doubt that torture will affect the enemy at all. It will, however, completely destroy both our own integrity and any support we have left with any remaining allies.
To win, we have to show the world that we offer a better alternative.
Take away their will to fight our way of life.
We have to show the world that our Democracy has the strength to weather these affronts. Not to slide back into barbarism the second we lose a couple of buildings. We can't give away the constitution because a couple of planes hit our country.
We must show them that our way is better.
If *I* had the choice between blowing myself up and being tortured for years in some hole, I know which one I'd chose.