I can't imagine that our various, differing, opposing political positions would ever lead us to condone torture.In attacking "monsters" we should not become "monsters" ourselves, or what would be the point of that? This is the most important lesson we should learn from the Cold War.The ends have never justified the means, like Lenin and Mao maintained. The ends must embody the means, like all great religions have maintained, and was put into practice by Gandhi and Martin Luther King, jr.