Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Our National ADHD

The news from Iraq refuses to go gently into that good night. In clips of fives, tens and twenties, the nameless (for us) Iraqis die in service to an idea not of their own making, even as we have moved on to Sumatra and other places first introduced to us at our local Starbucks. It's because we like the tsunami images much better. The hero's cloak fits better when the destruction comes without a made in the USA sticker; the manna falls from American helicopters and the villagers don't shoot back. We don't have to pretend that Omaha will be any safer and we can almost forget the non-Starbucks affilliated cities of Falluja, Mosul, and Ramadi. Almost.

Too bad they haven't forgotten about us.


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