Hazing (fee fi fo fun for me) Update

Very interesting piece in today’s Washington Post. on a group of WW II interrogators.

When about two dozen veterans got together yesterday for the first time since the 1940s, many of the proud men lamented the chasm between the way they conducted interrogations during the war and the harsh measures used today in questioning terrorism suspects.

“I feel like the military is using us to say, ‘We did spooky stuff then, so it’s okay to do it now,’ ” said Arno Mayer, 81, a professor of European history at Princeton University.

“We did it with a certain amount of respect and justice,” said John Gunther Dean, 81, who became a career Foreign Service officer and ambassador to Denmark. The interrogators had standards that remain a source of pride and honor.

In contrast, Bush minces words again, which reminded me of Krugman’s recent remark on the lighthearted cruelty of many Republican politicians.


ps. I have to refer back to my last piece on hazing and esp. to the nunberg link when I see that Le Monde, with this title

M. Bush nie l’usage de la torture dans les geôles de la CIA, malgré la multiplication de pièces accablantes

are missing the point about Bush’s denial and the remarkable cruelty that accompanies the President’s choice of words, completely.

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