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Thursday, August 21, 2008


Double Take of the Day

Brain-washing runs very deep. Consider this brief review of the HBO series "Generation Kill" (what a lovely name, what a lovely thought) that appeared in today's San Jose Mercury News:
HBO's extraordinary miniseries "Generation Kill" comes to an end Sunday (9 p.m.) — right up against the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics. But, hey, that's what DVRs are for. In the final installment, the men of 1st Recon finally reach Baghdad but not without all kinds of problems, including short supplies, cultural misunderstandings and continuing resistance from insurgents.
No doubt you, being a reader of Left I on the News, noticed what was wrong there, but what percentage of the readers of the Mercury News gave any thought to the fact that, whatever word you want to use now (resistance, insurgency, terrorists), in the first days of the U.S. invasion, before the Iraqi government had even fallen, the people the U.S. military were fighting were not "insurgents"? They were the Iraqi military and the Iraqi people.

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