Thursday, May 31, 2007
It's ok, I'm a dentist
I was reading the New York Times today when something caught my eye. It seems that even the Hippocratic oath has it's limits in the War on Terror . In an article on the limits permitted American "interrogators" (a polite euphemism, if ever I heard one) the journalist mentioned this in passing;
"Mr. Krongard even recalls receiving a proposal for help with questioning Qaeda suspects from an American dentist who said he “could create pain no human being could withstand.”
This is a far cry from the modern oath which, amongst other things states quite clearly;
"Never to do deliberate harm to anyone for anyone else's interest."
Reading this I can't help but think of the Nazi war criminal/dentist played by Lawrence Olivier in the Marathon Man.