Berg and Abu Ghraib; comment from Iraq

The bad apples theory isn’t selling well in Basrah. Neither is the Arabic-language media’s indifference to the Berg murder.

Iraqi blogger Zeyad, an Iraqi dentist, is unimpressed with the coverage of the Berg murder in the Arabic media, especially by contrast with the coverage of Abu Ghraib. However, Zeyad isn’t minimizing what went on there, or buying the “few bad apples” story: maltreatment at Abu Ghraib was apparently a well-known story as far away as Basrah.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com