Sunday, August 14, 2005

This sort of puts Abu Ghraib into perspective:
Judge: Frat Could Face Torture Charges

"U.S. soldiers were charged with torturing Iraqi prisoners for doing far less than what happened in that basement," Glusman said.
Remember, pledges volunteered for this kind of treatment.

To be clear, I'm not arguing the abuses at Abu Ghraib should not be punished. They should be. But they were nothing like this.

The fact that the "torture" at Abu Ghraib doesn't even rise to the level of fraternity initiation hazing should give pause those hysterically claiming Saddam's torture chambers were merely re-opened under U.S. management. And that's besides the fact torture was official and encouraged under Saddam, while the U.S. abuses were carried by a few rogue elements who were punished.

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