Children's LiteratureI doubt seriously if anyone reading these articles will be influenced or will change their mind about how they feel about terrorism and/or the treatment of prisoners in this war on terror. By now, everyone on the planet has arrived at their stance on terrorismexcept those who have their heads stuck in a hole in the ground. These articles will only allow readers to see what other people think and what their rational is for their opinions. This is a balanced rendition with every possible pro and con opinion. Most people, young and adult, have reached their opinion based on their moral, political, or religious conviction, or their respect or lack of respect for the terms of the Geneva Convention. Unfortunately, the White House recently blocked a Senate vote on a measure sponsored by a half-dozen Republicans, including Senator John McCain, that would prohibit cruel, degrading, or inhumane treatment of prisoners. One of the questions is, how did young people who saw the Abu Ghraib pictures react? What did they think of us as world leaders? These incidents have damaged our moral authority and our spirit. Let us hope that the young readers can learn from our mistakes. It would have been helpful if the Taguba report or a summary of the report could have been included. The report by Major General Antonio Taguba details the alleged torture in Abu Ghraib. This is part of the "At Issue" series. 2005, Greenhaven Press/Thomson Gale, Ages 16 to adult.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 7-9-Excerpts from essays, editorials, and speeches by political figures, journalists, legal experts, and representatives of human-rights organizations deal with divisive issues. Friedman's volume discusses American use of torture or sending prisoners of war to countries known to torture captives, whether or not the articles of the Geneva Convention should apply to captives in the war on terror, and if these captives should be tried by civilian courts or military tribunal. Williams's selections discuss the possibility of criticism of American policy as a duty or a danger to the country. Two essays provide opposing views of patriotism as a Christian duty. Others debate the values represented by the American flag as either good or reprehensible. In both volumes no one essay convinces, yet each presents a distinct side of the argument for consideration. Some employ a more reasoned approach while others rely on emotional appeal. Each book includes an annotated list of organizations to contact.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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