Do unto others...
by Bob Schacht, Sat Feb 17, 2007 at 10:12:12 AM EST
There is a nice report on NPR this morning about how George Washington treated enemy prisoners that stands in brutal and stark contrast with Butcher Bush. If you missed it, you can find it at
In brief, Washington decided to make it a policy to treat enemy prisoners well, and made friends out of enemies. He did this against the norms of his day.
Program intro in the extended entry below.
Politics & Society
George Washington, Staying in Character
Listen to this story... by Robert Krulwich
Weekend Edition Saturday, February 17, 2007 · In 1777, Gen. George Washington and his troops faced British and Hessian soldiers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He issued a firm order that no matter how barbaric enemy armies might be, he would not abide any such behavior in his own troops.
In contrast, George W. Bush. . .
well, you do the math.
Bob in HI