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Friday, July 22, 2005

Those poor Orientals

"The Oriental doesn't put the same high price on life as does a Westerner. Life is plentiful. Life is cheap in the Orient."

Guess who made this comment? The contemporary relevance is startling.

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Blogger Shay said...

Nobody could promote a war like Vietnam without believing this racist sentiment. Ditto Iraq. We hear periodically about the American families who lost their sons and daughters in the war, but will our media ever become similarly intimate with a Vietnamese or Iraqi family? No chance.

The occasional anti-war article is allowed in the MSM, but only under certain "respectable" parameters. This means bemoaning the loss and/or potential loss of American (British, Australian) lives. Anybody uncovering the loss of Iraqi or, in Westmoreland's time, Vietnamese, Lao and Cambodian lives is only allowed to describe them in cold, vague and easily deniable numbers. 25,000 people dead in Iraq, or is it 100,000? Either way, it doesn't tug at the heartstrings or bring the reality of war home like an interview with the teary-eyed mother of a dead marine.

And this brings with it another issue - that of the cowardly and racist way of fighting wars which America insists on using these days. Going in with conventional forces is likely to lose you plenty of troops, so what do you do? Simple, lob bombs from above. Oh sure, you might take out 50 civilians with that munitions depot, but it sure beats the risk of losing 10 soldiers, especially after the Somalian debacle. Remember the closing credits to Blackhawk Down? 18 US SOLDIERS DIED. ......oh yes, and 1,000 Somalians.....

Only a racist would argue that even the most conservative estimate of 25,000 Iraqi civilians dead is not 12 times the tragedy of the 2,000 US forces lost so far. Or, for that matter, more than 8 times the tragedy of 9/11. So it is left to our media to ignore the fact that they are 25,000 real people.

Saturday, July 23, 2005 2:52:00 am  

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