Thursday, June 08, 2006

Are You Done with the Carcass Yet?

The coverage of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death by 500-pound bomb has bordered on the pornographic—maps of the “safe house,” raw Pentagon video (whatever that is), hours and hours of coverage on every network, cable and radio station nationwide, it seems, and news story titles like “Analysis: Eliminating a Face of the Insurgency” (NY Times) and “Al-Zarqawi's death a long-sought U.S. goal” (Houston Chronicle) and “Most-Wanted Iraq Terrorist Al-Zarqawi Dead” (Jackson [TN] Sun). It’s nearly gleeful in some venues. Even the death of an enemy shouldn’t be salivated over.

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Blogger Mister said...

It was actually two 500-pound bombs. If you're counting. It reminds me of when Saddam's sons were killed. Their dead faces kept coming at us from computer screens, tvs, newspapers. There was a lot of salivating back then too. It lowers us to the level of, well, al-Zarqawi with his streaming decapitation videos. Competing snuff films.

Fri Jun 09, 02:05:00 PM  
Blogger JohnH985 said...

Hi, I just found your blog surfing around. I am from New Orleans too (actually Slidell but I tell everyone New Orleans). I too found this whole affair sickening. I always thought we were supposed to be the good guys (I know we haven't acted like that in ages, but it's a concept I like to try to hold onto) and showing this man's body as a trophy just isn't something the good guys should be doing. Shameful.

Sun Jun 11, 07:09:00 PM  

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