It seems like coverage of the torture at Abu Ghraib has died down, but the truth is that details are still coming out, and the more you read, the worse it gets. Would you be surprised to learn that one of the doctors working at the prison taught an impromptu lesson in suturing wounds to a guard who asked, with a prisoner who was injured by that guard as the patient? That’s what some prisoners who were released claim. The news from Abu Ghraib is almost too horrific to contemplate, perhaps that’s why the nation prefers to discuss rumors and lies about Vietnam instead.

By the way, if you don’t read Body and Soul regularly, you should. It’s always enjoyable to see someone with an actual conscience at work.