A month ago, I saw Errol Morris' film about Abu Ghraib, Standard Operating Procedure. It's really a stunner -- the interviews with the notorious Lynndie England alone are worth the price of the ticket (see above clip). The companion book of the same name -- by Philip Gourevitch (excerpted here) -- has the same kind of gut wrenching morality check. Gourevitch was nice enough to come chat with us about it today at the Newseum. I admit -- and I hope we'll ask him about this -- a real feeling of sympathy for the situation these young men were put into. Humans are an odd breed -- isn't it ironic the ways in which we can put ourselves in the shoes of others -- and the ways in which we can't.
Nothing Out of the Ordinary
May 14, 2008