Torturing prisoners is an example of barbarism.
These barbarisms can not be allowed to continue, they must be crushed or civilization will collapse.
Origin of barbarism
- Latin barbarismus use of a foreign tongue or of one's own tongue amiss, barbarism from Greek barbarismos from barbarizein to behave or speak like a barbarian from barbaros non-Greek, foreign (imitative of the sound of unintelligible speech)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition