Monday, April 04, 2005
Apes used in Belgian police training manual
This was the front page of the Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on March 31. The paper had discovered that a Belgian police training manual contained photos of George Bush side by side with a chimp.
According to Expatica,
They showed a series of Bush's facial expressions next to those of a chimpanzee making similar faces.
The idea behind the pictures was to make police officers aware of the importance of
The revelation was doubly embarrassing for [Belgian Interior Minister] Dewael as he had signed a letter to Belgian police chiefs urging them to use the manual.
The pictures were apparently taken from BushorChimp.com, which has posted a wonderful selection of simian look-alikes.
Interior Minister Dewael has issued an apology to the American embassy. I don't know why. The resemblance is undeniable.