Settling Accounts with Torturers

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This is another Weschler book about how societies confront torturers after their regimes have fallen. Given the fact that Human Rights Watch says that as many as 290,000 people have gone missing in Iraq during the Saddam Hussein’s regime, one wonders, “How will society function without coming to terms with it?” They could take the South African route, trading amnesty for admission, placing the value of “getting it all on the table” as the highest good.

Or, they could take the punishment route seen in many war crimes trials, which incentivizes the accused to deny their actions to the end. Weschler’s book examines how this process has proceeded in Brazil and Uruguay.