[Those of us who have direct memories of the horrors of WW2 are wondering how the U.S. could have adopted the most vicious tactics of our enemies then — an illegal attack on a nation, torture, violations of basic Constitutional and international standards, murders unpunished — in sum what Frank Rich calls here Gestapo tactics.  For the benefit of those who weren’t around then, the Gestapo was Hitler’s brutal secret state police force that tortured and murdered without check:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestapo

If one reads through the other articles below, one finds that some of our best military are so distressed by such misconduct that they are discussing the pros and cons on a military rebellion.  And the Guantanamo piece gives us more of the horrors — not quite matched by the Nazi death camps — but perhaps hinting of such operations carried out upon those rendered by us to countries that do our torturing and killing?

Are you a ‘good German? Or are you doing something to stop these outrages?  Ed Kent]

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OP-ED COLUMNIST
The ‘Good Germans’ Among Us
By FRANK RICH
Our humanity has been compromised by those who use Gestapo
tactics in the Iraq war. The longer we stand idly by, the
more we resemble the “good Germans.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/opinion/14rich2.html?th&emc=th

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At an Army School for Officers, Blunt Talk About Iraq
By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the intellectual center of the U.S.
Army, has become a front line in the military’s
soul-searching over Iraq.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/us/14army.html?th&emc=th

Portable Halls of Justice Rise in Guantánamo
By WILLIAM GLABERSON
In the long-running limbo that is Guantánamo, a portable
complex to try detainees may be the perfect architecture.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/14/us/14gitmo.html?th&emc=th

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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