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Carly Neubauer PSC 403 The Politics of the Vietnam War Reaction Paper 4/7/08 What did you learn about the effects of torture on the POWS? What is your position on the use of torture by the US? What would it take for you to change your position on torture?
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After reading the memoirs of Porter Halyburton and Senator John McCain, former POWs in the Vietnam war, I have gained a different perspective on the challenges faced by the American soldiers, and the unbelievable strength they possessed to work together and persevere during the worst times of their lives. There are a few simple, yet extremely physically and mentally challenging demeanors that the POWs took on during their time of imprisonment, which they later disclosed in their memoirs: faith, camaraderie, and loyalty to their country. Although the strength of the American soldiers is inspiring and awe striking, it also shows the American people the undeniable injustice of torturing soldiers for information and propaganda. Let us first take a look at the lessons the memoirs of Halyburton and Sen. McCain teaches its readers about the effects of torture on the POWs. On October 36, 1967, Lieutenant Commander John S. McCain III, a Navy flier and son of the commander of the war in the Pacific, was shot down in his Skyhawk dive bomber by a Russian missile over Hanoi. He survived the crash, but, according to the troops, it was when he was killed, because they considered becoming a POW of the North Vietnamese comparable to death (McCain 2004: 10). McCain remained in North Vietnam for 5.5 years as a prisoner of war. Over the years he was interrogated for military and political information, as well as information about his family. They wanted
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This note was uploaded on 05/30/2008 for the course PSC 403 taught by Professor Tyler during the Spring '08 term at Rhode Island.

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