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Orwellian_Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-13-09 11:31 AM
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86. The United States of Violence
Edited on Fri Nov-13-09 11:32 AM by Orwellian_Ghost



Days after the November 2004 election, while U.S. troops again moved into Fallujah for the slaughter, a dispatch from that city reported on the front page of the New York Times: Nothing here makes sense, but the Americans superior training and firepower eventually seem to prevail.

Superior violence, according to countless scripts, was righteous and viscerally satisfying. Television and movies, ever since childhood, presented greater violence as the ultimate weapon and final fix, uniquely able to put an end to conflict. Leaving menace for dead you couldnt beat that. But at home in the USA and far away, the practical and moral failures of violence became irrefutable. In Iraq, sources of unauthorized violence met with escalating American violence. In the United States, war opponents met with presidential contempt.

In a short story, published one hundred years ago, William Dean Howells wrote: What a thing it is to have a country that cant be wrong, but if it is, is right, anyway!


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