Volume 95, Issue 17

Friday, September 28, 2001
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Angry but pure: media and NYC

Playing by American rules

Flogging the USC horse

Angry but pure: media and NYC

Tim Blackmore
Guest Columnist

The world body has been massaged into hysteria over the last two weeks.

Every blood speck and shred of disaster has been sprayed on us in the name of fairness and good coverage.

We've been covered.

What we need to uncover is who's making decisions on our behalf; we need to know who's being straight with us.

A Cambodian survivor of Pol Pot's 1979 genocide once told an American reporter: "I will never again become involved in the dreams of angry men."

We need to know whose dream we are part of.

Images of buildings exploding, collapsing and the jewel of commerce burning have been media hands on us, turning us to face a world dedicated to hatred, Falwell and Roberts' religious fanaticism and militarism.

Video loops of catastrophe have paradoxically softened us up and made us numb. What a relief when the first person starts to cry, then another, until the media massage produces a fountain of tears.

The force of tears brought us to another war; that same force pumped diesel fuel into aircraft-carrier tanks – the fleet steams toward "Infinite Justice."

The war is produced by people we've never elected, never met and don't understand. "Infinite Justice" (despite the name change) is what military theorists call pure war. It answers only to itself.

It will be over only when the enemies ("we have a list," Senator Joseph McCarthy used to say) have been turned into a human grease slick. We'll be told about the end of this warÉ well, sometime soon.

Pure war tells you when pure war is over (unless you die first).

We're asleep and dreaming now, dreams of revenge. And when we look to see who's angry, we discover it's us: we are the dreamers of angry dreams. Wake up, turn on the set?

Tune in for the next emotion: Pure war at 11.

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