Saturday, February 21, 2009

Some new curtains...

The Iraqi prison, Abu Ghraib, has been reopened after almost three years. Those who have a passing familiarity with what we sometimes call "the news" will recall that in olden times Abu Ghraib was the prison where the police and security services under Saddam Hussein perfected their torture and execution techniques (also known in some quarters as 'enhanced interrogation and life retraction techniques'.) These practices were later continued by members of the US military when management was taken over in 2002, until it was all ruined by some spoilsports in the press (probably all liberals) who released photos of the enhanced hi-jinks going on in the prison. It wasn't long (if you consider two years "not long") before the prison was closed and the US military enhancers were put on trial for being too diligent in carrying out their duties.

Now here it is a few years later yet and after slapping on a new coat of paint, tossing in a couple of books and some plants, the prison formerly known as Abu Ghraib is all set to open up with a shiny new name; Baghdad Central Prison. The new name may not be as snappy as the old one was, but it will no doubt come as a great relief to those bad-guys and evil-doers who wind up incarcerated there. At least they won't be in that nasty old Abu Ghraib. I can't imagine how much of a relief that will be.

Anyway... Humouroceros


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