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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Will We Ever Know the Whys of Evil Behavior?

by John H. Bunzelvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Too often left out of the debate over whether the abuse and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners by American military personnel was the unauthorized work of a few rogue guards ("bad apples") or the result of decisions made at a higher level of command are two profound questions about individual character, ethical judgment, and the principles of right and wrong behavior that go beyond the horrors of the present crisis.