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Saturday, November 05, 2005

CIA


Entinen CIA:n korkea virkailija Milt Bearden suosittelee USA:a noudattamaan Geneven sopimuksia vankien kohtelussa. Hän puhuu kokemuksistaan Afganistanin sodasta silloisen Neuvostoliiton ja afgaanien välillä.
Hän ennustaa amerikkalaisten sotilaiden kohtelun huononevan heidän jäädessä vangiksi, jos USA ei suostu noudattamaan kansainvälisiä sopimuksia.

Hän kertoo esimerkin: "In early August 1988, a Soviet pilot captured under those new conditions resisted our offer of resettlement in the West, eventually to return to the Soviet Union as a national hero. Part of his swap, though, was the extraction of certain guarantees from the Soviet commanders that their treatment of Afghan prisoners would reach "symmetry" of a sort with the treatment of the pilot.
The story didn't end there, however. The next time I saw that pilot, he was on TV, helping beat back the 1991 coup against Mikhail Gorbachev. He soon became Boris Yeltsin's vice president, then turned on Yeltsin in 1993. His name is Aleksandr Rutskoi, and he remains a voice for democracy and one of President Vladimir Putin's leading critics."

Via New York Times 4.11.2005

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