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Thursday, March 27, 2008


Dept. of "it's all about us"

Last night on the TV news, and again in print today (and not, in either case, for the first time, but for some reason the first time it really struck me), we heard about "anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr." What bollocks! There is nothing al-Sadr has ever said or done to suggest he is "anti-American." What he is, of course, is anti-occupation (and indeed, if we're being technical, the occupation is actually being carried out by the "MultiNational Force", which I guess would make al-Sadr an "anti-MNF cleric").

But no, it's all about us. If someone opposes something the U.S. is doing, they must be "anti-American," the intentionally prejudicial pejorative which is very much the counterpart of the "anti-Semitic" label hurled at anyone who opposes the actions of the state of Israel.


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