Just Jen has a couple of posts, forming a kind of dialogue with Big Think writer Robert de Neufville, on Hannah Arendt's articulation of torture as a kind of bully weakness.
"I can't get what I want, so I'll hurt you instead!"
But this is a thin mask for not being able to get what one wants.
So, in the U.S. today, we haven't captured Osama bin Laden, and we don't have a 100% certainty of safety from future terrorist attacks, so torture is one of the ways we satisfy our need to appear strong in the face of our weakness.
But, as St. Paul reminds us, when we are weak it is then that we are strong in God.
UPDATE: It occured to me while re-reading this post that it may be taken as an accusation of ill-will or weakness on the part of torture supporters. Since my own motives are mixed, this probably was some part of my intent, so I apologize and repent. The will and moral status of another is not mine to judge.
I let it stand, though, with this clarification: we all of us are weak by our fallen human nature, and fear drives us all. I admit in myself a vengefulness, too, that I have to resist. When I discover a weakness in myself, I do my best to hide it and to cover it over with strength; but this effort is always doomed to failure. I cannot deny the fact of my weakness, my vulnerability.
Instead, the answer is to offer my weakness to the One who is Strength. I do this far too rarely.
As they say, the preacher preaches first to himself.