The guardian/observer is shining a light on the systematic torture of Iraqi civilians - by the new government, specifically the ministry of the interior. They cite multiple confirmed incidents. And they are sickening http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1520136,00.html http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1520186,00.html So the good news is that americans have slipped to #3 in the torture rankings, which look something like this... #1) New Iraqi government - a huge leap up the charts by this darkhorse candidate. #2) Insurgency beheaders - they played a creative game with old-school tactics unseen for centuries, but they've dropped off recently #3) Americans - plucky newcomers had some spectacular shows with heavy media attention, but seem to have stopped offensive actions - kinda like how the italians play a defensive game and haven't been able to beat the big boys. #4) UK forces perennial modernday no-hopers who only have old stories to look back on. Of course, the Pele of torture is old Saddam, who was recently forced to retire. But just like Brazil - it seems that the removal of one person from Iraq is not a serious setback. There is some heartening news - american troops have occassionally acted to save Iraqis from government torture - storming prison cells and forcing the new Iraqi guards to release the prisoners. I guess the only bad news is that we deposed a torture-loving dictator, and replaced his torture squads with equally proficient goons. All the people who claimed the war was justified because of the horrible crimes Saddam perpetrated on his own people - you must be even more sickened to know that your tax dollars are being used to support the new boss (same as the old boss). In fact - its almost like how the oil4food dollars meant to help the Iraqi people were being diverted to saddam's goons. Except this time, its the signature of the western public on the checks, not private oil companies.