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February 28, 2008

Philip Zimbardo and Abu Ghraib Abuse

Filed under: culture, politics — Tags: , — codesmithy @ 10:45 am

Philip Zimbardo, psychologist and professor emeritus at Stanford University, is giving a 2008 TED talk where he gives his insights into Abu Ghraib abuses. Zimbardo conducted a now-famous prison guard experiment that spiraled out of control at Stanford Unversity in 1971. Wired has video and a short interview.

It is important to note the contrast between the Abu Ghraib abuses, in which a few bad guards were blamed versus the war crime trials in the aftermath of World War 2 where Axis leaders were blamed and many executed.

The United States has waged a war of aggression on the thinest of pretexts. The U.S. has caused the death of over 1 million Iraqis. The U.S. has tortured. The U.S. continues to torture. Can there be any real doubt why the United States refuses to join the International Criminal Court?

This is not a political issue. It is a moral issue. The only question is whether those who perpetrated these crimes will ever be called to account for them.

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