Here's a story that really does leap out from the fray. It's about a recently deceased British war heroine who acted as a spy in France during World War II until she was captured. It's good she will have a proper funeral. But this is what matters:

According to Professor Foot the Germans tried to extract information from Miss Nearne through torture. She was stripped naked and repeatedly forced face down into a bath of cold water until she nearly drowned, but such was her allegiance to Britain that she refused to divulge anything to her captors. Miss Nearne was sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany and later transferred to a sub camp from where she escaped.

Would the New York Times call that torture? Would president George W. Bush?

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