Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Torture: practice, system, experience

"My worst moment as a lawyer" is P. Sabin Willett's razor-sharp analysis of the practice of torture and the creation of its victims and moving communication of the experience of torture and the system that practices it, which I got by way of East Ethnia. (It was given at the Newburyport Amnesty International (AI) meeting on the 5th of December 2006.)

Although entirely different in subject, I was somehow reminded of Lieutenant Colonel Tim Collins' talk to his troops before the invasion of Iraq, perhaps in its beseeching of justice, perhaps because the way Collins spoke expressed what a just war is supposed to be and how it is supposed to be conducted and how different that is from what Willett documents. (It was given at the Fort Blair Mayne camp in Kuwait on the 19th of March 2003.)

Different again, Marie Fatayi-Williams appealed for knowledge about her son Anthony, who went missing - killed - in the 7th of July bombings and for a turn away from violence and the spilling of innocent blood and towards peace. (Fatayi-Williams made her address in Tavistock Square, London on the 11th of July 2005.)

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