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Saturday, May 01, 2004
American mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners: just for the record, this sucks.

What lessons? One is that there are sadistic lowlives in every crowd, which is why no totalitarian state, of whatever nominal position on the political spectrum, ever has any difficulty staffing its security and interrogation services with "experts". I like to think that the blend of democratic and timocratic man that we try to create in the U.S. minimizes the occurrence of such people, but it would be naive to think it succeeds all the time.

Punishments should, and I trust will, be meted out -- making us one of the very, very few nations in the world that deals out punishments, and not promotions, for such behavior.