Friday, May 07, 2004

Torture, and the Human Psyche
One Man told he has control over another.. and the results of such a circumstance.

This was not just a few bad apples.. this was a bunch of normal good apples thrown in a bad, nasty barrel. I am paraphrasing from a recent Times article by John Schwartz, but I can't find it online, or I would link to it.

Okay, back to the point: Six hundred guards for seven THOUSAND prisoners, and this kind of behavior is almost inevitable.

There was a study done in 1971 showing that when a group of people are given a "prison" full of prisoners and not given any guidance, they do exactly the kind of torture you heard about. Humiliating people, forcing them to strip naked and simulate sex acts, even putting bags over their heads.

Of course there is the issue of lack of responsibility. If you are told to be a prison guard, and told to give people a hard time, well then if you do something terrible and stupid, its not your fault. Look at the Milgram study that was done over forty years ago. People thinking they were giving others electric shocks because they were told to do so by men in white coats. While they heard the tortured cries of the actors in the next room, they continued to push the buttons, and surprising number pushing the "lethal dose" button-- because none of the men "in charge" stopped them.

A woman led by a leash, and rode upon like a donkey.. Male guards having sex with female prisoners.. the digusting behavior will continue to be exposed to the US people, and it will not be limited to a dozen people, and one prison. There are too few people over there, poorly supported by a system that only functions because of the men and women of the armed forces who are trying very hard in a bad situation.

Is this a reason to pull out entirely? I say no. I say that we can't pull out yet. I'm not going to go into my views on that, but basically, now is the WORST time to leave, on such a bad, bad note.

On another note: Bush appologizes to a King, but not to his own people, nor to Iraqis? The man's poll points are going down again...*silent smile*


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