The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Iraq
There’s a creature in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy called the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.
Daft as a hairbrush, the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is arguably the most insanely idiotically dense creature in existence. It believes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you. Therefore, if you are faced by the horrid (yes, horrid, in spite of its intelleigence, or lack of) Beast you should wrap your towel around your head (you do have one, don’t you!?) to TEMPORARILY ward off the Beast’s voracious apetite and furious… fury… sorry.
It seems we have our own local Earthly variant now, reacting to the Abu Ghraib scandal with the belief that if we didn’t see it, it wasn’t there — and banning digital cameras in Iraq.
Mobile phones fitted with digital cameras have been banned in US army installations in Iraq on orders from Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Britain’s The Business newspaper reported yeterday.Quoting a Pentagon source, the paper said the US Defence Department believes that some of the damning photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad were taken with camera phones. “Digital cameras, camcorders and cellphones with cameras have been prohibited in military compounds in Iraq,” it said, adding that a “total ban throughout the US military” is in the works.
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iTunes: “Drink With Me” by Crivello, Anthony/Students/Women from the album Les Misérables (1986, 2:39).