Monday, January 10, 2005

Iraq, meet El Salvador.

This Modern World today covers a new Newsweek article on the Pentagon's debate over how to quell the insurgency in Iraq. Apparently, one leading option comes to the 21st century from 1980s El Salvador, where "faced with a losing war against Salvadoran rebels, the U.S. government funded or supported 'nationalist' forces that allegedly included so-called death squads directed to hunt down and kill rebel leaders and sympathizers. Eventually the insurgency was quelled, and many U.S. conservatives consider the policy to have been a success."

Oh, my god. Abu Ghraib was just the tip of the iceberg. This literally makes me nauseous.