The following paper discusses Christopher R. Browning’s Ordinary Men Reserve Police Battalion 101 and The Final Solution in Poland with reference to the War Against Terror.
This paper supports Browning’s thesis that the despicable behavior of Hitler and his allies towards another race, as seen in World War II, is no aberration but is rather entirely possible and even probable in other places and times. The writer makes reference to Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban comparing the organization to a totalitarian regime. From the paper:
“Drawing extensively on primary source material, including transcripts of investigations and war crime trials, Browning asks how “ordinary men” could have carried out the horrific acts that are described in his book in such detail. His answer is disturbing, because he avoids facile generalizations that would provide a comfortable psychological distance between “us” and “them.””