Nic, Bupkis and Nichevo

About Nothing, by Nothing, with German-flavored cleavage occasionally thrown in for local color.

Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

You can email me at NicBupkusNichevo at aol dot com. Aren't you excited?

Friday, January 14, 2005

From Andrew Sullivan

EMAIL OF THE DAY II: "I attended a continuing legal education seminar for Army Reserve and National Guard lawyers last weekend. I was struck by one thing: The biggest response from a ballroom full of JAG lawyers was when one dynamic Colonel spoke and said the Army needed to do a better job in handling detainees. He quoted a dispatch from WWII when the commander of a US prisoner of war camp reported back that his camp was under air attack by the German air force, that he could not protect his German prisoners of war, and he had opened the gates and set them all free. This is the standard for the US Army and we need to live up to it. The room cheered. My impression is that the people who have been trained in this stuff (at least the citizen solders) may not be terribly pleased and indeed may be somewhat embarrassed with how this is unfolding. This is also consistent with the JAG lawyers being kept out of the loop." Yep. Good soldiers don't believe in this poison. Alas, their civilian superiors do.

Lord, I wish he'd post the whole thing - and provide a permalink.

My particular research focus in my archaeology is on the WWII PoW camps here in the States, and how the way we treated the prisoners then directly impacted on the relationships we had with Germany, Italy and (to a lesser extent, obviously) Japan after the war. Combine that with my particular military background (Army records in St Louis record me as a 97E1LCZ, or interrogator), and you can understand my horror, repulsion and sense of utter betrayal as all of this unfolds. I cannot, cannot bear it.

WE DON'T DO THIS!! We are better than this! Someone asked me how, as a historian, I could make such a statement and proceeded to trot out a series of examples of times we did. The thing is, those incidents became notorious because they *were* exceptions, not the rule.

I need a shower.

With steel wool and lye.


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