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Monday, April 07, 2008

George Kennan on torture

A letter to The New York Times today reminds us of the great diplomat George Kennan's famous "long telegram" of the Cold War era, with its caution that we Americans must "have the courage and conviction to cling to our own methods and conceptions of human society. After all, the greatest danger that can befall us in coping with this problem of Soviet Communism is that we shall allow ourselves to become like those with whom we are coping."