John McCain and the Hanoi Hilton

From the BBC, an interview with the man who claims to have been in charge of the prison camp where John McCain was held during the Vietnam war. The money quote:

“But I can confirm to you that we never tortured him. We never tortured any prisoners.”

And then from the expository ‘graf on Digg:

.More McCain lies! His ethics or lack of should be a main focus of the elections

I’m not a fan of John McCain, and I don’t plan on voting for him. (Not that I’m going to vote for Obama either, and I’m rather lukewarm on Bob Barr). But this is an example of very bad thinking. Tran Trong Duyet is a communist, self-admitted leader of the Hoa Lo prison camp, that is well-cited for engaging in torture.

When Mr Duyet says “we didn’t torture”, it doesn’t make it true. The fact that some people (like the person who posted this on Digg) believe him, because believing him is convenient to their political objectives, diminishes the poster, and the causes he or she fights for.


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