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Thursday, July 17, 2008

History repeats itself

One of the strongest quotes in the book, I think, comes from Philip Zelikow, the former executive director of the 9/11 Commission, former counselor to Secretary of State Condi Rice, and a historian who teaches at the University of Virginia. He suggests in time that America’s descent into torture will be viewed like the internment of the Japanese, because they happened for similar reasons. As he puts it, "Fear and anxiety were exploited by zealots and fools."
Read the whole thing here. And think about it.

Comments (3)

Kind a like the recent Big O reporting on road rage. Course the zealots and fools part would cause a conniption fit at the Big O.

... what is this 'think about it' you speak of? ... there is no time to 'think' now, my favorite TV show is coming on ... ttyl

"the Bush Administration’s ... torture ... and the Fox television program “24,” which was developed to help sell it to the American public."

Cages, leashes and collars. A study of the effect of random shocking of dogs which left them so psychologically submissive they would not leave their cages even when left open. Such abject cruelty to animals sickens. Worse yet, it appears these were the "techniques" employed to break down prisoners as part of what Bush coined "the program". The complicity of Cheney and his henchmen in creating "the dark side" should be prosecuted by an international war crimes tribunal. Unfortunately most of the evidence disappeared along with some of the prisoners.

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