In his first TV interview President Trump has defended the use of Torture claiming that it does “work”.
From original Article on The Guardian
Of course the thing is, Torture does “work”. It just depends what you want it for. If you want it to extract useful, reliable information from your enemies, then no it doesn’t work. But if you want it to instill fear in a population so that they don’t object to other awful action you take for fear of reprisals; then yes it works! China, North Korea, Saudi Arabia are great examples of this.
Most telling in this regard are Trump’s justifications for “fighting fire with fire”;
“When Isis is doing things that nobody has ever heard of since medieval times. Would I feel strongly about waterboarding. As far as I’m concerned we have to fight fire with fire.”
These words clearly telling that the use of torture for Trump is not about gaining information but about revenge and quashing opposition. I’m not suggesting that Isis shouldn’t be stopped from their awful campaign, but Trump’s use of torture will not stop with Isis. Advocating so strongly for torture is a message to the rest of the world and to his own country in a typically patriarchal, fascist way saying “don’t fuck with me, you’ll regret it”.
There is that much rehashed quote from Ghandi that “an eye for an eye will make the world blind” but I shouldn’t think Trump has the capacity for imagining a peaceful resolution to anything.
And this Torture-advocating chauvinist is the very same one that PM Theresa May wants to cosy up to.
Of course Trump advocates torture, as Naomi Klein has explained in the past week, the new president will be exploiting shocks and fear to push through rampant free market neoliberalism;
“We already know the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It’s a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises and shocks: economic shocks, as market bubbles burst; security shocks, as blowback from foreign belligerence comes home; weather shocks, as our climate is further destabilized; and industrial shocks, as oil pipelines spill and rigs collapse, which they tend to do, especially when enjoying light-touch regulation.”
We can be sure that over the next few months Trump will exploit fear and crisis situations in order to enforce free market policies, despite much repeated rhetoric of defending average Americans.
This is much like the situation in the UK where PM Theresa May is seeking to exploit the confusion and fear around Brexit in order to force through neoliberal policy.
Trump and Brexit voters may have wanted to give a kicking to the establishment, but what they’ve now got is Establishment-max+.