Politics Thursday: Your Conduct in Combat
I'm going to take a break from quoting "Powers That Be" in order to share my latest personal documents digitization project:
I think the whole of this slightly post Vietnam era Army-issued guide for soldiers is worth reading and emulating, but no part as worthy as this page:
If you can't make out my cheap digital copy, here's the text (emphasis mine):
BUT .. never use threats, torture, or other forms of coercion to get information. An enemy captive is required to give only his name, rank, service number and date of birth. Combat experience has proven that useful information has been gained from captives who have been treated humanely, while information gathered through torture or coercion is unreliable.
Attacks upon the personal dignity of any captive or detainee, such as humiliating or degrading treatment, are strictly forbidden by the law of war.
We used to know better. Now our high officials talk of "quaint treaties" and the need to do the "hard things." This isn't progress. It's heartbreaking AND counterproductive.
[Note: If you choose "all sizes" on the Flickr page and print out the largest picture, the text should be easily readable except for the inside front cover. The entire set of pages is on Flickr.]