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May 20, 2005

In continuation to my post from yesterday on how we shouldn't blame those who aren't guilty, I'll make the point that sometimes those who should be a force for good aren't always innocent. This comes from a long (8 pages) investigative report in the NY Times on 2 Afghan detainees who were abused. I'll first make the point that without all the facts, it's impossible to know the real story, and that in a state of war, you must be careful who you trust. Many "innocents" have no qualms about killing US soldiers. That said, the tale was quite saddening, particularly regarding one Dilawar, who seemed to be innocent. There was confusion on how to treat the prisoners, but one coroner said Dilawar's legs looked as though a bus had run over them. That should not be acceptable behavior except perhaps in the most extreme conditions and with senior command's blessing. I also don't like holding someone for 15 months without charging them of a crime. Again though, everything gets mucked up in war. Nothing's clear. There will always be some bad apples in the bunch, but I have confidence those in command can and should handle their own problems.

Posted by charr at 2:04 PM
Reader Comments

Bush is guilty of practicing tyranny right under (y)our ignorant noses: is also guilty of being well portrayed in the latest Star Wars saga: "...only the Sith deal in absolutes..."Classic!

Posted by anon at May 22, 2005 4:22 PM

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