Many professions displayed indifference to or complicity with the Bush administration's abuses. Many of the few professionals who resisted did so individually or in marginalized groups, moved by political commitments or ethical beliefs acquired outside the profession. Most government officials — especially those in the military — voiced objections only after retiring. Yet in light of the passivity of the rest of civil society — political parties (i.e. Democrats), trade unions, organized religion, voluntary associations, identity groupings, students and youth, and mass movements — the principled actions of a few professions or professionals acquire greater significance. This chapter describes some of their actions in order to draw tentative lessons about the potential of professional integrity. It focuses on four classic professions: divinity, medicine, law, and the military.
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