Friday, January 13, 2012

BC2012: Fear Up Harsh by Tony Lagouranis

Subtitled "An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq", this is the most harrowing book I've read in some time. Lagouranis tells dozens of thoroughly depressing tales of Iraqi prisoners, most of whom were either innocent or of dubious intelligence value. Anyone brought in for interrogation was caught in a no-win situation: if you didn't talk, the U.S. would keep you longer or push you harder to get you to talk, but if you did talk, the U.S. would keep you longer or push you harder figuring that you must know more. Much of the book deals with morality and the author's inner turmoil. Where does one draw the line between interrogation and torture? How can you win the hearts and minds of a nation when you imprison people for no good reason? Fear Up Harsh is an eye-opening book that left me feeling sick about what happened there.

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