Category Archives: terrorism

20 years since Shock and Awe? ‘Good God, y’all!’

Swamp Rabbit examined the playlist of protest songs I compiled to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the Second Persian Gulf War. He played “Won’t Get Fooled Again” and started laughing. “That song came out in 1971, during the Vietnam War,” … Continue reading

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Pity the poor, oppressed Capitol raiders

Swamp Rabbit said he was in a terrible state after watching reruns of the mob storming the Capitol last week at the behest of their Dear Leader, who hid in the White House while they did his dirty work. “You … Continue reading

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Enough about Naipaul the man — read his books

The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it. — V.S. Naipaul, A Bend In the River (1979) Pardon me for breathing! And make no mistake — the … Continue reading

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Regarding Rushdie and the limits of satire

Salman Rushdie has issued an eloquent denunciation of the fanatics who slew 12 in Paris in the name of their god: I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been … Continue reading

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Stalin would have smiled at Manning’s sentence

Ben Wizner of the ACLU sums up why he thinks decent people everywhere should be disgusted by the 35-year prison sentence imposed on Bradley Manning this week: When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished … Continue reading

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American exceptionalism, in a nutshell

Spokespersons for the U.S. military often refer to anti-American combatants as “bad guys,” as if opposition to U.S. foreign policy is the same as immorality. As if killing on behalf of the U.S. government makes you exempt from bad-guy status. … Continue reading

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Killer drones are people, too

Q. What’s the difference between a terrorist who bombs civilian centers and a military pilot who does the same thing? A. Usually, it’s only a matter of altitude, although the terrorist is likely to be hunted down and the pilot … Continue reading

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