January 11, 2005

One afternoon in college I went to hear a Killing Fields survivor speak. He talked about his own torture; the worst, he said, was when the khmer rouge soldiers would kick him in the chest, hard, from the front and back at the same time. (Something about not being able to breathe. Something like that.) Was reminded of him -- whose name I forget, sorry -- by a quote put up by billmon, in his "well, maybe death squads will help out in Iraq, they sure kicked some ass in El Salvador, viva ronald reagan" round-up:

"One [Salvadoran] death squad member, when asked about the types of tortures used, replied: "Uh, well, the same things you did in Vietnam. We learned from you. We learned from you the means, like blowtorches in the armpits, shots in the balls. But for the "toughest ones" — that is, those who resist these other tortures — "we have to pop their eyes out with a spoon. You have to film it to believe it, but boy, they sure sing.""

Raymond Bonner, in Weakness and Deceit

Posted by dbrown at January 11, 2005 07:42 PM

Andrew Sullivan: "Whether we decide to call this kind of treatment 'abuse' or some other euphemism, there is no doubt what it was in the minds of the American soldiers who perpetrated it. They believed in torture." From http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/13/books/review/books-sullivan.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5094&en=18377bb67bd220f5&hp&ex=1105592400&partner=homepage

Posted by: r. on January 12, 2005 07:15 PM

your blog is much too good for such eye-torturingly small text.

Posted by: my eyes hurt on January 13, 2005 04:48 PM

Toughest squad member, sorry in the balls, viva ronald reagan

about not being able to breathe Rouge with a spoon.

When asked, we have to pop their armpits out.

blowtorches afternoon.

Posted by: Evan on January 14, 2005 08:58 PM
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