“No act is more in contradiction of our humanity that the deliberate infliction of pain by one human being on another, the deliberate attempt over a period of time to kill a man without his dying.
There is no doubt that man’s maltreatment of a fellow being, human or animal, is a by-product of civilization. Like other beasts of prey, primitive man followed his instincts by attacking and swiftly killing an animal for food or another man as dangerous enemy. Even human sacrifices were made, so to speak, ‘humanely’, without the victims prolonged suffering. At any rate, the fear of helplessness before unrestrained cruelty is within every conscious being. Torture is one form of violence that the state will always deny and never justify.”
A Flame in Barbed Wire, 1978