Abu Ghraib Cat Torture

Of the hundreds of photos from Abu Ghraib obtained by the Washington Post, only a representative handful was ever released. When a reporter on the original Abu Ghraib story visited my journalism class at Princeton, he showed us some of the pictures that were never released to the public. Among many sickening sights, I was struck by a folder that contained pictures of the head from a decapitated cat. The head had been stuck on a soda bottle and given a cigarette as if it were the effigy of a disposable, death-dealing culture. Now more than ever, that image symbolizes to me a nation gone mad.

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