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Bad apples? Hell no - bad environment

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Beating Specialist Baker

Here we go again - I know I'm beating a horse that should be dead and buried, the case is so obvious - but most people still don't seem to get it. Let me try to put it simply. The prison abuse is exactly what can be expected when you put people into a war environment and give them incredible, life and death power over others. We've seen that in every war and we've seen that in psychological experiments. We just don't want to believe it because so many people are wrapped up in super hero worship of all solider, and a misguided version of patriotism that corrupts everything this country is.

Don't believe it? Read how we abused to the point of medical disability one of our own soldiers who was ordered to pretend to be a prisoner at Gunatanamo. As Kristoff concludes:

President Bush attributed the problems uncovered at Abu Ghraib to "a few American troops who dishonored our country." Mr. Bush, the problems go deeper than a few bad apples.  

Posted by Greg Stone at June 5, 2004 04:15 AM
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