Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dr. Mengele "Practicing" at Guantanamo

The New York Times reports that American doctors and other medical professionals are researching ways of inducing mental stress and pain without killing or permanently injuring their victims. The alleged experiments of the infamous Dr. Mengele on concentration-camp inmates were in many cases aimed at extending medical knowledge. Not so the work of his American successors: they are aimed at "improving" methods of torture and, supposedly, of interrogation.

Even this evil is, if possible, eclipsed by the work of other American medical professionals at the concentration camp in Guantanamo, Cuba, where efforts to keep recalcitrant inmates alive seem to succeed or fail according to the agenda of the captors and what they prefer to bury unseen and unheard in the prison's burgeoning cemetery.

It's chilling to reflect that the institution sponsoring these atrocities is the same one that sat in judgment at Nuremberg of Germans whose typical crime was to belong to the losing side of World War II. Even more chilling is the possibility that one day these modern Mengeles will find themselves at the mercy of a similar tribunal.

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