What Albert Camus and the "little-ease" say about U.S. torture policies.
By Peter Brooks
Posted Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at 4:01 PM ET
Camus wrote The Fall during the Algerian War, when France was beginning to face a crisis of conscience over torture similar to what the United States faces now. Indeed, clear parallels exist between the French experience in Algeria and the American experience in Iraq: Like the war on terror, much of the French effort to pacify and retain Algeria was waged against a nearly invisible enemy that tended to melt into the landscape. Intelligence-gathering was crucial—and that led to torture.
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