Thursday, June 25, 2009

Which of These Things Is Not Like the Other?

"I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost."

As pretty much everyone is currently fascinated by the saga of Mark Sanford, "apologizing to Jesus for fucking his Argentinian pen pal," and we are treated to endless agonizing over what a man such as the governor was thinking about--(hint: pussy)--and numerous treatises on the "fallen" and "sinful" nature of man--my favorite was someone on CNN last night who said, "we're all damaged in some way"--my mind is preoccupied with another form of hypocrisy, one that our entire Media-Military-Political-Complex hinges on not noticing or examining, and one that I'm certainly not the first to point out.

Namely, what is the difference between this...

"I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost."Obama spoke of the "searing image" of the dying moments of Neda ­Soltan, a young female protester shot by a sniper and now an icon of the revolt. He said the demonstrators would ultimately be seen to have been "on the right side of history".
and this?

An airstrike believed to have been carried out by a United States drone killed at least 60 people at a funeral for a Taliban fighter in South Waziristan on Tuesday, residents of the area and local news reports said.

Family members mourned Mr. Zainuddin, a tribal leader, on Tuesday in Abbotabad.

Details of the attack, which occurred in Makeen, remained unclear, but the reported death toll was exceptionally high. If the reports are indeed accurate and if the attack was carried out by a drone, the strike could be the deadliest since the United States began using the aircraft to fire remotely guided missiles at members of the Taliban and Al Qaeda in the tribal areas of Pakistan. The United States carried out 22 previous drone strikes this year, as the Obama administration has intensified a policy inherited from the Bush administration.

To put it another way, why is the murder of Neda, "heartbreaking," to our media-political elites, but the mass-murder of a few thousand Nedas in the countries that border Iran will--at best--garner a few assurances that our Terminator-drones will be more careful when firing tons of high explosives at civilians?

The Answer? It's easy, no one in Pakistan has Twitter yet. We're living in a "New Media" world, and if you're don't have a web presence you might as well not exist. The solution? Outfit our army of Hunter-Killers with texting capability and facebook profiles.

So to sum up: "Family Values" touting governor gets caught out having an affair? Easy. Obama and American media condemn human rights violations and the "mourn" the loss of innocent life? Ouch.

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