U.S. Has a Tradition of Institutionalized Brutality, Writer Says

may 12, 2004  08:45 pm
Atrocities like the torture and killings of unarmed civilians in Vietnam and the sexual humiliation of prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq are not the mere result of rogue soldiers but stem from what historian Christian Appy identifies as "a doctrine of atrocity," Nicholas Turse writes in The Village Voice. Turse cites military officers' descriptions of the Asian mind and now the Arab mind as one that only understands force. Four other writers also contribute articles to the Voice's special report on the lessons of Abu Ghraib.