Comments: This is war

I've read in a couple of places that the people in charge of the prison and the staff had not received Geneva Convention training. I know it was part of basic training in the 1960's, but apparently it is no longer done.

You can't hype people up to "kill the enemy" and then tell them they are prison guards. There are too many people filling jobs that they know nothing about. If they have training and guidence they can complain about procedures, but if they don't know what the military considers "right and wrong" they are cut off from the Inspector General system.

Posted by Bryan at April 30, 2004 09:58 PM

I should be plain that the people involved belong in prison themselves, but so should those above them for not providing the training and guidence needed.

Posted by Bryan at April 30, 2004 10:01 PM

I guess I can accept that people need "Geneva Convention" training but my heart and head both have trouble accepting that someone has to be specifically trained that a person locked up and helpless is fair fame for humiliation and torture.

I mean, I have the barest understanding of the training that got the soldiers to that point. I have neither understanding nor sympathy for their commanding officers. They're the ones who should be locked up. If the soldiers can't count on their officers to lead them, then....

Posted by Anne at May 1, 2004 06:27 AM