Manfred Nowak, whom the BBC describes
as “the UN’s chief anti-torture expert,” says that torture in Iraq may be even worse now than it was under Saddam Hussein:
The UN report says detainees' bodies often show signs of beating using electrical cables, wounds in heads and genitals, broken legs and hands, electric and cigarette burns.
Bodies found at the Baghdad mortuary "often bear signs of severe torture including acid-induced injuries and burns caused by chemical substances".
Many bodies have missing skin, broken bones, back, hands and legs, missing eyes, missing teeth and wounds caused by power drills or nails, the UN report says.
Victims come from prisons run by US-led multinational forces as well as by the ministries of interior and defence and private militias, the report said.
We invaded a country run by one of the worst dictators on Earth (according to thousands of sources, none of which I feel like Googling now) and we managed to make things worse
. Though I’m sure there are still plenty who’ll argue that the Iraqis are better off for having us there. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to clean up the mess we created? I'm not sure it's possible.