Monday, January 17, 2005


"The human cost of a fortnight in an embattled land"

The NY Times has gone graphic, displaying the location, cause of death and number of civilian and military bodies killed and wounded by the insurgents for the first 14 days of January.

Killings by the insurgents are said to be "indiscriminate," apparently because they include civilians, but killings of civilians by the "Coalition" are termed "accidental." Deaths of the insurgents, which presumably outnumber all these killings, are not shown.

The propaganda value of the "Coalition" is evident when you read the sentence "The map also does not include Iraqi civilians accidentally killed by coalition forces." The existence of the "coalition" allows the Times to write about the aggression without reminding its readers of the nationality of the perpetrators of that aggression.

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