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The latest Pentagon report into the abuse of detainees was recently released. Some of these abuses occurred after the Abu Ghraib incidents were widely publicised. The type of abuse is depressingly familiar: bread and water for 17 days, cells to small to sit in (let alone lie down), detainees being interrogated naked in freezing conditions, and so on.

None of this, according to the inquiry, was the “personal failure” of the soldiers. Rather, it was due to “inadequate policy guidance”. Of course! Likewise, the massacre of unarmed civilians was due to a lack of “sensitivity training”, and nothing more “core values” won’t fix. If you need to be trained not to commit a war-crime something is seriously wrong.

Clearly the U.S. military has learnt something from Australian Rugby League, which has adopted an excellent training program on how not to be violent or commit sexual assault.


Written by Admin

June 17, 2006 at 6:51 pm

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