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Abu Ghraib Everywhere


It’s all Iraq troubles, all the time, in the Sunday Washington Post’s
non-national-news sections.

On H3 in the Arts section, a debate about monster movies features a picture
of the naked pyramid, with the caption, “An image from Abu Ghraib.
Hollywood’s attempts at horror pale in comparison.” (Below it, Godzilla.) On
C8, in the Metro section in an article about the Blue Angels performing at
Andrews Air Force base, the crowd reaction includes, “Like many in the crowd
yesterday, the Reeds said they strongly disapproved of the prisoner abuses
shown in the photographs from Abu Ghraib.” Discussion of the prison abuse
continues for six paragraphs. In section E, Sports, a profile of the Iraqi
soccer team that just qualified for the Olympics notes, “For Iraqi players,
it was a bittersweet affair. These are not pampered pros cut off from
tumultuous events engulfing their country; insurgency in the central and
southern parts of the country; an occupation administration that finds it
difficult to meet Iraqi expectations; and an uncertain future that haunts
Iraqis more than a year after the fall of Saddam Hussein.”

I guess later this week, Hagar the Horrible will refer to it in a punchline
and the Horoscope for Aires will warn, “you may find communicating
difficult, like those poor naked guys with the hoods on their heads.”


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