Personally, I would never, ever approve or support torture (or whatever you call it), under any circumstances.
Suppose the Great Russians decided to reclaim the Ukraine since the little Russians obviously haven't been able to administer it properly themselves, would it be permissible in your eyes to raise any sort of military resistance?
Christ is Risen!
Νεκτάριος, it's not THE
Ukraine, just Ukraine
This is a touchy subject. I enjoy living in a country which provides me certain freedoms and liberties. Some would say this is due to the actions happening in the "background" that I am not even aware of...that keep us relatively "safe".
However, while I crave safety for myself and my loved ones, just like any other living person....I have trouble justifying torture as a means to an end.
If you look at things from a secular aspect...and convenience of living, etc....than we would "justify" many, many things...such as abortion. Allowing the birth of unwanted children puts stress on the mothers, stress on our society, as well. That unwanted child will be passed from foster home to foster home, and will be a burden on society, and eat up our tax money, etc. We could go on and on.... We can justify anything.
However, from an Orthodox perspective, abortion is NOT permitted. That little life has a right to flourish and prosper and live.
Therefore, while on one hand you can justify torture...for it allows us to live in relative "peace"...how can we truly be at peace knowing that "we" are harming others? It's a double sided coin!
We need to live by Christian ethics. Remember, we are only here for a certain number of years. The "thereafter", will last an eternity.
We will reap there what we have sewn here.
"Do unto others, as you would have them do onto you."
...Just my humble opinion.