I spend far too much time thinking about Iraq; my friend Leasey is rather more sensible. On Monday (Friday?), she made a prediction that the extent of the publicity over the disgusting things going on in Abu Ghraib prison would lead to something exactly like this. I nodded absentmindedly. On Tuesday the latter story hit the news. Memo to self: think less; listen more.
13May04 — 4
He was dead anyway. Abu Ghraib wasn’t any kind of deciding factor, I wouldn’t fall for that line of “listening”. Zarqawi had an American and a jew in his hands, the only difference in his death with Abu Ghraib, and without Abu Ghraib, is that they decided to merchandize it.
In Leasey’s defence I have to point out that she was not just saying that new anti-American/anti-British atrocities would be committed, but that the justifications for them would now include references to the reports on goings-on in the prison.
When I typed “listen more”, I meant that I should listen more to people who don’t obsess about Iraq, rather than meaning I should listen more to terrorists or people who have always been opposed to our military involvement there.
Yeah, so there!! (Whatever he said)
Well, maybe I misinterpreted her point. I just don’t like the line of perception where even though they are killing innocents every day, it only really deserves outrage when it is done dramatically and intentionally publicized, citing whatever reason du jour for political cover. It’s bogus, they just want to kill infidels, publicity is merely langiappe.