Friday, October 06, 2006
It's been especially bad of late in Iraq. The war has been horrific for the Iraqis and terrible for the US troops wounded and killed there. But that doesn't stop NPR from spotlighting the one US soldier who got "lucky" suriviving a sniper's bullet. Seriously, I'm glad anytime ANY human being is not killed in a war, but given how desperate the Republicans are to divert attention away from the Iraq disaster, it's seems pretty crass to focus on one soldier who escaped serious injury or death when so many others have suffered so much due to the wreckless, stupid, illegal actions of our leaders in Washington. The NPR story informs us that the soldier "will mount his damaged SAPI plate on a wooden plaque with his name the date he was shot...and perhaps a line from a rock song--'I get knocked down but I get up again...'" The report then ends with a hard-rocking excerpt of the song the line comes from--"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba (a good band which has opposed the Iraq War from the get-go [1991!]). In this NPR story, however, it comes off sounding like a creepy, rightwing gung-ho for war anthem--which is really too bad...unless you are a creepy, rightwing gung-ho for war Republican.