Wednesday, November 17, 2004

A Tale of Two Executions

Amidst the deluge of death that we have come to know as the Iraq war, two deaths rose above the collective din to stake their claim on the latest news cycle (which is to say that it will take us slightly longer to forget them). News of Margaret Hassan's death reached a critical mass yesterday at about the same time that the Marine Corp was trying to figure out how to deal with the apparent execution of an Iraqi insurgent by a Marine on camera. While it was clear to the media that former was an incident to mourn, the narrative for the latter is still being contested. Was the Marine right? or wrong? Is it the fog of war? Although the moment lacked Eddie Adams' iconic Vietnam image, all signs are unambiguous--we have indeed wound up right back in the quagmire.

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