Archive for April, 2003

Parable of the Bad Samaritan: Reflections on War and Collateral Damage Control

Published on ZNet, www.zmag.org, 4/16/03 It appears as if contributions are pouring in from around the world, especially the U.S. and Great Britain, to help pay for the many surgeries needed by the Iraqi boy being called (in the Western media at least), “little Ali.” Putting aside the patronizing namesake given him by his current [...]

Liberation or Libation: Media Propaganda and the Discovery of “Happy Iraqis”

Published on ZNet, www.zmag.org, 4/03/03 I figured it would happen sooner or later. Having written several columns questioning the notion that the current war in Iraq is about “liberation” of that nation’s people, it was only a matter of time before I received an email like the one this morning. “Well smartass,” it began, indicating [...]

So This is What War Looks Like: Hubris Meets Reality in the Desert

Published as a ZNet Commentary, April 3, 2003 Well, now we know. War is not a high-tech video game, or grainy footage of bombs as seen through night-vision goggles. It’s not swiftly moving tanks, displaying their mechanical prowess across the sands of the Iraqi desert. It’s not like the war games the soldiers planned for. [...]