Tortured Reading

September 5, 2009

“They stuff people’s heads down the toilet the first day at Stonewall,” he told Harry.
“Want to come upstairs and practice?”
“No, thanks,” said Harry.
“The poor toilet’s never had anything as horrible as your head down it — it might be sick.”

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

According to Juan Cole’s most-essential site, Informed Comment, the library at the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison, still with 229 inmates, has 13,500 books in it.
And what are the prisoners favorite book picks?

1. The ‘Harry Potter’ novels
2. Cervantes’ ‘Don Quixote’
3. Barack Obama’s ‘Dreams from my Father.’
No reason was given for these choices, which are followed in popularity by Muslim religious volumes.
Do they think Guantanamo is a little like Hogwarts Academy and that their torturers were Lord Voldemort?
Do they know that Miguel Cervantes fought at the second Battle of Lepanto in 1571 in which the Holy League defeated the Ottoman empire at sea, and that later on his ship was captured by the Algerians and he spent 5 years imprisoned and enslaved in Algiers before being ransomed — thus reversing an element in their own biographies?
They are said to be fascinated that the new president of the United States has African and Muslim roots.
Although the prisoners receive newspapers, all violent incidents are torn out of them, so they know nothing of the Huthi revolt in Yemen, e.g.
I’m still thinking about the idea of John Yoo as Voldemort.

Can the world get any nutcase nuttier?

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