The June 2004 issue of Harper’s Magazine has an extract from “a handout that accompanies a weeklong course on Iraq’s customs and history given to U.S. Marines as part of their training.” The laudable idea is that by teaching Marines about local customs, relations will improve.
Here’s a quote that seems terribly relevant these days:
Do not shame or humiliate a man in public. Shaming a man will cause him and his family to be anti-Coalition.The most important qualifier for all shame is for a third party to witness the act. If you must do something likely to cause shame, remove the person from the view of others. Shame is given by placing hoods over a detainee’s head. Avoid this practice.Placing a detainee on the ground or putting a foot on him implies you are God. This is one of the worst things we can do.
Posted Wednesday, 19 May, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.