Tuesday, November 22, 2005

But we fed those people we tortured!

Heather Mac Donald does the torture two-step [via Power Line]:

Whereas the Baghdad detainees appeared to have been starved and were covered with lacerations and bruises, terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have bulked up from their three square Halal meals a day and are receiving sophisticated medical care—often the first medical care they have received in their lives. The Baghdad prison contained instruments of torture, like a medieval-style mace; the American rules for interrogation in every theater of conflict required that the detainees be treated humanely, and the authorities have investigated and punished any deviation from that standard.

That's swell. I'm sure this will be great comfort to, for instance, the guy at Bagram whose legs were pulpified by repeated beatings. But, hey, he died with a full stomach so it's all cool.

Her main thesis seems to be: Well, sure we abuse, we do "torture-lite" and we perform all sorts of other college-type pranks (who doesn't?), but we don't do it systematically and we don't do it real bad like the Iraqis in Baghdad do.

Is this what it's come to?

Permalink posted by Jonathan : 10:13 AM

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