A note on the readings for Monday, Sept. 26: Please read them in the order that they appear below. Also, you should take notes while you read so that you are able to identify three things:
1.) The author’s reason for writing, or the problem the author is addressing
2.) The argument being made and the rhetorical appeal or appeals being used (logos, ethos, or pathos) to make the argument
3.) What is your view of the issue or issues?
- Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War of August 12, 1949, (Parts 1-3 only) International Committee of the Red Cross Website
- “George H. Aldrich, The Taliban, Al Qaeda and the Determination of Illegal Combatants” by George H. Aldrich, Humanitäres Völkerrecht
- Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Supreme Court of the United States, 2004
- Chronology of Abu Ghraib, The Washington Post
Readings for 9/28:
- “Should We Fight Terror with Torture?” by Alan Dershowitz, The Independent, July 3, 2006
- “Regarding the Torture of Others” by Susan Sontag, The New York Times Magazine, May 23, 2004.
- “The Trouble with Sontag’s Story” by David Aaronovitch, The Guardian, May 25, 2004
- “The Structure of Torture: The Conversion of Real Pain into the Fiction of Power” by Elaine Scarry from The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World (pdf available in course Dropbox folder.)
Readings for 10/3:
When reading these excerpts, please follow the three-part directions above.
- excerpt from Letters from Abu Ghraib by Joshua Casteel
- excerpt from Decision Points by George W. Bush (attached to email sent on 10/1)