30 April, 2004

The Tough Questions

From the BBC coverage of the mistreated prisoners in Baghdad:

But he rejected a comparison with the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad during the days of Saddam Hussein.

"I don't think you can compare the two. Saddam Hussein's prisoners were not only tortured but executed. It was much worse than what is there now."

Yeah, see. We don't kill them. Just torture them. Obviously, that makes us better than Hussein.

One of the suspended soldiers, Staff Sergeant Chip Frederick, said the way the army ran the prison had led to the abuse.

"We had no support, no training whatsoever. And I kept asking my chain of command for certain things... like rules and regulations," he told CBS. "It just wasn't happening."

Do you really need rules and regulations to tell you not to hook up a guy's genitals to an electrical current? I mean, yeah, there can be some tough questions:

  • How much food should a prisoner get?
  • Should they be allowed to leave their cells for exercise?
  • What do you do when two prisoners start fighting?

But at what point does "Should I have the prisoners simulate oral sex on each other" come up?

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