Thursday, May 13, 2004

You've been lied to

So at Field Day last year, with Underworld up on stage, pelvic thrusts and all, there was this one song where I thought he was saying "You've been lied to" over and over and over and over again. But it turns out that those aren't the words.

But that doesn't matter. I just keep on thinking of those words as scary-continuous-techno soundtrack to the current administration.

Here's a NYT Op-Ed piece about the Abu-Ghraib "trophy shots" explaining the thumbs-up at misery by the "Other" factor.

"It is conceivable that such events might have occurred in a war in which the enemy looked like us �certainly, there are Americans to whom all foreigners are irredeemably Other. Still, it is striking how, in wartime, a fundamental lack of respect for the enemy's body becomes an issue only when the enemy is perceived as being of another race... Treating those we deem our equals as game animals, however, has been out of fashion for quite a few centuries."

Thomas Friedman and Maureen Dowd also have nice word-work today.

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