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War and Torture

These articles deal with assorted flavors of institutionalized violence.

Chris Hedges | War Is Sin
Chris Hedges, Truthdig: "The crisis faced by combat veterans returning from war is not simply a profound struggle with trauma and alienation. It
is often, for those who can slice through the suffering to self-awareness, an existential crisis. War exposes the lies we tell ourselves about
ourselves. It rips open the hypocrisy of our religions and secular institutions. Those who return from war have learned something which is
often incomprehensible to those who have stayed home. We are not a virtuous nation. God and fate have not blessed us above others. Victory is
not assured. War is neither glorious nor noble. And we carry within us the capacity for evil we ascribe to those we fight."

Yep, taking the Red Pill can make your life utterly miserable. That doesn't make the Blue Pill a good idea.

Why'd Obama Switch on Detainee Photos? Maliki Went Ballistic
Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers: "President Barack Obama reversed his decision to release detainee abuse photos from Iraq and Afghanistan after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki warned that Iraq would erupt into violence and that Iraqis would demand that US troops withdraw from Iraq a year earlier than planned, two US military officers, a senior defense official and a State Department official have told McClatchy."

Why? Because power tends to corrupt, and it's very difficult for people to resist using power that is offered sweetly to them and is advantageous to them, even if they know it's bad. We knew this would happen. It's disappointing, but it's not a surprise.

Former Interrogator Presses for McChrystal's Stance on Torture
Spencer Ackerman, The Washington Independent: "A former military interrogator who contributed to the manhunt for a senior Iraqi terrorist has urged the Senate Armed Services Committee staff to press Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the Obama administration's nominee to lead US troops in the Afghanistan war, on what he knew about detainee abuse committed by troops in Iraq under his command when McChrystal goes before the panel Tuesday morning for his confirmation hearing. 'Gen. McChrystal, he was there in Iraq often, and he may have been separated from these things by couple layers [of subordinates] but it would've been his responsibility to know what was going on,' said Matthew Alexander, the pseudonym of a former Air Force interrogator whose non-coercive interrogations in 2006 helped identify and kill Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, then the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq."

Hm, let's see ... torture is what barbaric despots do. Didn't we used to be against that sort of thing?
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