The Curmudgeon


Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Civilising Influence

Some of the nice people at NATO have suddenly discovered that people are being tortured in Afghanistan. It appears that certain elements of the Afghan police operate a private prison system which might well appeal to certain elements of Daveybloke's Cuddly Coalition: on entering their new accommodation the feral underclasses are asked to make a contribution towards the prison's running costs, and if they make difficulties their attitude is adjusted by security personnel wielding pieces of wood in an appropriately incentivising fashion. The guilty are then permitted to see their families, who naturally receive due instruction in the methods of thrift and social responsibility which will bring about their release until next time.

Conveniently enough, the discovery comes just in time to allow the nice people at NATO to pre-empt a UN report on the subject by suspending transfer of the guilty to certain locations until after the fuss dies down.


  • At 7:29 pm , Anonymous Madame X said...

    What fuss? Seems we have become so inured to the idea of torturing people that no one seems to give a rat's ass anymore. The black hole of Calcutta has become mundane (though in an undisclosed location).

  • At 8:24 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    What fuss? Well, for heaven's sake, not only is the UN doing a report, but sections of the British press are very nearly interested.

  • At 7:54 pm , Anonymous Madame X said...

    Call me a romantic, but I was hoping for at least a candlelight vigil.


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