Sunday, November 26, 2006
The American media has lost its way in Iraq. What began so fortuitously almost four years ago, with cruise missiles, swaggering struts across aircraft carriers, mushroom clouds, and "al-Qaeda," has devolved into a very messy and difficult-to-explain sectarian struggle with no clear imperative to continued U.S. occupation.
Enter the sandman, our newest Darth Vader. Not six months after the death of our most recent devil, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the mainstream media is apparently beginning to redefine the conflict as an apocalyptic clash between the Good, and Moqtada al-Sadr. Will Americans notice the sleight-of-hand as one vaguely Arabic name is substituted for another? Probably not, as long as the real devils who instigated this war--the neocons and other assorted militants, their lackies and apologists, in both American parties--escape unpunished.