Joshua Day writes at Daily Kos:
(note: This diary refers to innocents, but the “non-innocents” referred to are also not guilty, only more experienced.)
The first thing a person who has been taken captive and faces torture must understand: all hope is gone. The perpetrators may seem deliverers, after days, months or years of torture. The victim of torture must, beyond all other things, keep in their mind that the people responsible will not, ultimately, help them in any way. The victim must discard all religious hope. The victim must discard all hope of rescue. Justice will not open her eyes. The victim must realize hope is fiction. After that, the pain can be dealt with in a number of ways.
Discarding hope renders the procedure pointless. If there is no hope, then escaping the pain no longer matters. The victim must embrace the pain, because pain will be his (or even her) closest friend.