Monday, November 08, 2004


When will this become news?

Common Dreams is running a piece from AFP, parts of which appear variously in today's Sunday Herald, South Africa's News24 and possibly elsewhere, about the religious fervour of the marines who are due to bomb Fallujah back to the stone age. They listen to Christian rock and say things like "Sometimes, all you've got is God" and "Victory belongs to the Lord". As they are entitled to and as we might expect them to, but, to judge from the content of the report and what is known about reporting restrictions, these are the things that the Pentagon has judged most suitable for public consumption, not a few off-the-record remarks that a mischievous member of the fourth estate has tricked some squaddie into saying.

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