posted on Sep, 7 2005 @ 01:40 PM
Torture Papers: The Road To Abu Ghraib
Sooo....am I alone in having read this massive tome?
My initial impression has been one of horror.
The transcripts, original accusatory papers and official documents themselves were horrifying enough. But at times what was worse was reading the
eventual admissions of guilt by some of those who carried out the abuse.
Then the horror made way for a deep sense of sadness. Overwhelming sadness, really.
Sadness that so many things led up to this even happening; that the cases of abuse were not isolated events
; that so many victims were
eventually released without charge
; that so few of our military folks over there were trained to deal with the physical, emotional and
In retrospect, this situation was probably inevitable. Our forces simply weren't prepared to deal with this situation; that's just condoning or
justifying their actions, but rather conceding the (now obvious) point that these incredibly difficult circumstances absolutely contributed to the
events documented. And there's overwhelming sadness that humans are still doing this to each other.
So, has anyone else read this book?