February 1st, 2005

When I'm Bad I'm Better

Lileks Holds it Down

I’m just glad I’m stupid enough to be hopeful. I’m glad I’m naive enough to suspect Iraqis actually wanted to vote. I’m very glad I’m not so aslosh with solipsistic hatred that any success in Iraq makes me trot out a cynical riposte so the rest of my buddies on Olympus will nod in wry assent. I’m glad that a picture of a mother holding her daughter to cast the ballot reminds me that this is number two in a series. All other things aside – which is a difficult thing to posit, I know – I’m glad to be on the side of holding elections. In the end I’m glad to be glad. And now I will go skip through the daisies and sing happy songs about bunnies, because I am obviously a fool.


someone posts the picture of a woman proudly holding up the purple finger with the expression that somehow says
I, a person of humble birth, just gave the king a prostate exam.

And I kept my hand packed in ice alllll last night.

I stopped reading. That picture said it all. She was glad and so was I. But that's easy for me to say; takes nothing. I'm lucky; I'm here. And I hope my vote never means as much as hers. Puts it in perspective, no?
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My Way News features a disturbing report today: Web Site Claims GI Captured in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi militants claimed in a Web statement Tuesday to have taken an American soldier hostage and threatened to behead him in 72 hours unless the Americans release Iraqi prisoners. The U.S. military said it was investigating, but the claim's authenticity could not be immediately confirmed.

The posting, on a Web site that frequently carried militants' statements, included a photo of what that statement said was an American soldier, wearing desert fatigues and seated on a concrete floor with his hands tied behind his back. The figure in the photo appeared stiff and expressionless, and the photo's authenticity could not be confirmed.

Charles Johnson and the gang at LGF have realized the true horror here: Iraq has been taken over by COBRA!
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What does it all mean? When will we know? (because knowing is...)

Thinking deeper on the kidnapped GI, my mind is aflurry with questions:

Was this story even leaked by Islamist terrorists or just some wacky computer hacker, a college prank, or is it just a blairifcation?
Assuming the story did come from the Islamists, did they actually think this was going to go unnoticed and we were going to fall for it?
Are they testing the waters, as in, trying to find out how far they could go before we catch on?
What does this mean for all those tape recordings and stuff that have been showing up "from" OBL? The CNN link doesn't show the prisoner but just some stock shots of soldiers holding rifles. What other stories have been 'dolls' - or, for that matter, 'memos'?
If it is a trick, did we fall for it? Was the whole point to see if we'd broadcast first and ask questions later? Or were they trying to find out how hard they'd have to work to leak a fear story?
And how on earth did those pictures of the dolls actually make it to press? Was everyone in the newsroom so excited to break such a huge story or were they too scared to speak up?

Will we get to see the beheading video? Will it just be some guy's thumb popping Joe's head off? And how many American men are guilty of terrorism now? Staggering reports show the average male has beheaded upwards of a dozen blonde, upwardly-mobile careerwomen in their lifetimes, let alone using hommemade Agent Orange, burning American Soldiers with solar magnification devices, or even simply setting them afloat on boats to drift to their deaths on our rivers and streams?
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