“What you allowed to happen happened”


Jeanne of Body and Soul has, as one would expect, some of the best commentary on the recent detainee abuse reports, including this: “They have created a world in which it is not safe to go along, but neither is it safe to report a crime. The only people who can survive such a system are those who are ruthless enough to commit crimes, and smart enough to cover them up. Bush and Company have created a military that can’t make room for decency. The astonishing thing is that the good people still keep raising their voices, even if it costs them a career.”

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