Friday, November 05, 2004

 

What have we become?

There is an intense video clip on the BBC (go here and then click on the video link right above where it says "Iraq in Transition") about the assault on Fallujah. In it, Roman Catholic soldiers attend mass and are absolved of their sins before entering battle. In the following scene, a Marine says: "We are agents of wrath to bring justice, to bring God's wrath."

UPDATE: First, I have been told that the video link on the page that I linked to no longer has the "God's wrath" part of the broadcast. I'll see if I can remedy this situation. Also, though, the Angry Arab linked to this related AFP story.



Also, there is an excellent guest editorial on Juan Cole's site by Mark LeVine entitled We're all Israelis Now.

Comments:
I find that there is an interesting parallel between china's mandate of heaven and the current bush administration. It actually made me sick to my stomach when I listened to bush's victory speech and had to watch him standing up there, america's idiot emperor. I am looking forward to europe one day, really. The fact that christianity is now associated almost wholesale with our soldiers and politics is mind boggling and terrifying to a great degree.
 
Wait till that guy gets a load of Allah's wrath via 25lbs of HMX explosives strapped to his Humvee...

It's sad that the US has become the Christian equivalent of an extremist muslim nation thanks to guys like that. I mean seriously, if Americans saw an 'arab' on the news saying:
"We are the agents of wrath to bring justice, to bring Allah's wrath."

They would flip shit and say he was a brainless, evil, hate filled, terrorist. But when it's some redneck in the US military they want to slap him on the back and buy him a Coors to congratulate the bastard for carrying out the will of Jesus - 'Amen!'
 
Doesn't that Marine sound like the character in Pulp Fiction reciting the psalm or the bible passage before blowing away the cowering schmuck? That's what I think is partially going on here -- the satisfaction of testosterone-driven impulses to righteousness. And now that I think of it, the analogy holds a bit further. After all, the morality in Pulp Fiction was that of ethics among thieves. And in Iraq it's who gets the oil. It's premised on a tacit acceptance of supremacy of might over right, window-dressed with lots of flap-jawing about democracy and freedom and liberty and good stuff for all. Yay, Jesus!! But, you still have to die, you little stealin' motherf**ker. 'Cuz you done so bad and you're creepy and cowardly and besides, it just feeeeels good nah nah nah nah nah.

Aunt Deb
 
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I can't see that link... wonder why it is suddenly gone?

(Thanks for your comment on my blog, Alex, which led me here ;) ).

Mmmmmmmh. So the part with the soldier saying that bit about God's wrath was cut? That sounds fairly ominous. I wouldn't immediately cry 'Party Truth' or 'Revised History', but the trend with which any disturbing media footage suddenly vanishes is even more creepy than if they'd left it on.

Ever visited www.thememoryhole.org?
 
Hey, thanks for stopping by. I think much of the time it's a kind of self-imposed censorship by major media outlets. Once they realize something is getting a bit of a buzz (on the internet or wherever) they start to wonder whether it's really worth the trouble they are going to get (letters and threats from customers, stress on relationships with sponsors, stress with "official sources", etc.) and somebody from up top (I think usually the web people are at the bottom of major media outlets) decides that it might have been fine to run once on the evening news but they don't need it up on the web and they pull it. But who knows, right?
 
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