Arendt's Banality of Evil

Arendt's Banality of Evil

by
Abby Zimet

With a banal exchange of pleasantries - "You look different without
a cap...You look different without the jump suits" - an awkward meeting
between a former Gitmo guard and his detainees took place as part of a
BBC documentary. Does this represent healing, true reconciliation? Is
it simple, icky, mainstream PR? Does it undo any of the wrongs done, and is there any
way, really, to do that? Consciousness, one could say, is a first step.
But what a long pained way to go.

"I was basically just putting innocent people in cages." - former Gitmo guard Brandon Neely.

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