The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Wednesday, 19 May 2004]

How not to treat an Iraqi

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.

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