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DrBB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:29 AM
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Punitive village-burning expeditions
They're getting ready to do it. Making the case, softening up opinion. Pipes's article about a "democratic-minded strongman" was just a start. Here's a nice glimpse of the rotting skull underneath the smiley face from an op-ed from today's NYTimes:

In 1920, the British eventually ended the rebellion through a combination of aerial bombardment and punitive village-burning expeditions.

That's what Niall Ferguson is recommending. Though, characteristically--and chilliingly--he doesn't come right out and say so.

"Punitive village-burning expeditions." A phrase worth dwelling on in the context of the public face this war is supposed to have. "Gift of the Almighty," 'n' stuff.

Note the contrast--I place them side by side for easy comparison:

"...showering us with flower petals..." || Punitive village-burning expeditions.

"...liberators, not conquerors..." || Punitive village-burning expeditions.

"...no WMD found..." || Punitive village-burning expeditions.

"...no interest in colonizing Iraq..." || Punitive village-burning expeditions.

"...hate us because we love freedom..." || Punitive village-burning expeditions.


I look forward to hearing Bush use the phrase frequently in election speeches this year. Has a lovely ring to it, a nice, syncopated poetic rhythm. "Punitive village-burning expeditions."
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hedda_foil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:55 AM
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1. link?
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gottaB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:57 AM
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2. omg--it's barbaric
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DrBB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 09:41 AM
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3. Ooops--link
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 09:42 AM by DrBB
Lost it in the editing somewhere. Here's the rest, if you can stomach it.
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porkrind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 11:17 AM
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4. Dresden?
Liberation by Napalm? When do we get to the part where they shower us with flowers?
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