Thursday, November 10, 2005


Barhorst: Foreign Interrogation Centers

The Republicans are worried about the leak that outed the CIA’s interrogation centers in foreign countries. I’m worrying about a pattern that began in World War Two when the Nazi Gestapo set up interrogation centers in foreign countries to handle insurgents captured in occupied countries. The United States should not have gone down that path, even if there are no equivalent torture atrocities or murders.

Now some will quibble about my use of the word insurgent rather than resistance fighters. However, to hold water, any occupying power must claim the government they set up in a conquered and occupied country is legitimate. This historical reality allows me to use the word "insurgent" just as it is defined.

To my knowledge, the Native Iraqis never took part in a terrorist attack anywhere in the world except their own country. . . Neither did the French Maquis captured in Vichy who were sometimes transported to Poland, Hungary, and Romania to be interrogated.

The Bush administration has taken the country too far down a historically-condemned road. They appear to have the delusion that being of the fanatical Right makes all their aims and actions right.

Terry D. Barhorst Sr.

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