how many versions of the war are there?
When one side has a thousand times more casulties than the other, it’s not a war, writes Sven Egil Omdal. He repeats what Europeans have been hearing since the war began: in the US, the war is reported uncritically. Iraqi civilian victims are barely mentioned. Language is twisted till the New York Times titles its interactive specials poetically: “The Ballet Behind Battle. The Choreography of a Mechanized Assault.” (username: readanonymously, password: anonymous) The Los Angeles Times, apparently sceptical to the war, only presented a single article on civilian victims in the past week (on April 2), according to Omdal. (Idleworm, on the other hand, has almost nothing but links to reports of civilian tragedy. And a couple of excellent simulations.) I can’t find links to the polls they keep referencing in the media here: 2/3 of Americans now believe that the UN found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and 50% think that Saddam Hussein was personally involved in the September 11 attacks. Add that to surveillance, Bush’s refusal to sign international agreements to fight climate problems, to handle international war crimes and attempted blockage even of an anti-torture treaty, and America’s starting to sound way too similar to some of those dystopic sci fi books.
35.76% of yesterday’s visitors here to jill/txt were from the United States. Please, tell me: is it true?