On Civilization

…Now they were mimicking his own sadistic ritual. Every day, Najjar greeted the prisoners with the words What do you want? forcing them to beg for the pipe — known in the prison by its industrial term, PPR — or be beaten twice as badly. The militia commander now standing behind him, Jalal Ragai, had been one of his favorite victims.“What do you want?” Jalal said for the last time. He held the very same pipe that had so often been used on him. “PPR!” Najjar howled, and his former victim brought the rod down on his back.

via In Libya, the Captors Have Become the Captive – NYTimes.com.