Do unto others...

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 .php?storyId=7466065

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

Tags: George W. Bush, George Washington, War; Prisoners (all tags)


1 Comment

Re: Do unto others...

Live and learn new things everyday, like this fact about General Washington.

by shyboy 2007-02-18 12:36PM | 0 recs


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