What Have We Become?

12 comments June 4th, 2007at 06:02pm Posted by Eli

Perhaps the most telling line from WaPo’s chilling story about torturers interrogators:

Then a soldier’s aunt sent over several copies of Viktor E. Frankel’s Holocaust memoir, “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Lagouranis found himself trying to pick up tips from the Nazis. He realized he had gone too far.

Umm… yeah. When you’re trying to use the Nazis as role models, you have lost your way.

Read the whole thing. I can’t really feel sorry for him, but the American interrogator really is a complete mess. The story also profiles former British and Israeli interrogators, and they’re not exactly normal. Unless you’re a total xenophobe or sociopath, it’s hard to imagine that not having an extreme effect on your psyche.

Good thing the military is loosening its standards to let in more sociopaths, eh?

Entry Filed under: Iraq,Prisoners,Torture,War


  • 1. bdr  |  June 4th, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    I was going to write about this – and still might – but what bothers me most in this story is the attempt to make the interrogator’s meritorious feelings of guilt stand as proxy for America’s.

    Even our torturers are exceptional.

  • 2. Eli  |  June 4th, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Hm, that angle never occurred to me. Probably because the country as a whole doesn’t seem nearly as remorseful and ashamed as that guy.

  • 3. Interrobang  |  June 4th, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    The weirdest thing about that article for me was reading that joke the Israeli Shin Bet guy made (“You were nice yesterday, what happened?” “We’re short on manpower.”). That is such a normal Israeli joke… :(

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