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W.M.D.

wealthy men decide
worldwide military dependency
whitehouse motives dubious
war means death
without meaningful direction
wholesale media duplicity
wanton mercenary demonstrations
willful misinformation dissemination
wrongful misuse doctrine
winner molded demographics
warped mission definition
wholly moronic defense
whitewashed mind denial
well manufactured destiny
whipped mainstream democrats
wanting more dialogue
well meaning dictatorship
without much decorum
will made dull
we miss democracy
winning means deception
wasting my dollars

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The Difference Between Media

What’s the biggest difference between the media coverage of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the media coverage of Vietnam?

Well, both were television wars, all right. But in Vietnam, the purpose of the media was to stop the war. To convey images back to the civilian population of the atrocities of war.

The purpose of the media in OIF is to reinforce the US’ role as the good-guy, to justify the war, to glorify the effort, and heaven forbid to show wounded or killed bodies on either side, to keep the war sanitized so that the American people feel more comfortable about being there to begin with.

What is wrong with this picture?

Why will the anti-war movement NOT work this time? Because the media are not interested in it working. Because they are more interested in playing for whose going to end up being the Ministry of Truth by the time its all wrapped up.

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The Fish Cheer, updated …

Gimme an F…
Gimme a U…
Gimme a C…
Gimme a K…
What’s that spell?
What’s that spell?
What’s that spell?
What’s that spell?
What’s that spell?
yeah, c’mon on all you big strong men
Uncle Sam needs your help again
he’s got himself in a terrible jam
way down yonder with Saddam
so put down your books and pick up a gun
we’re gonna have a whole lot of fun
and it’s 1, 2, 3, what’re we fighting for?
don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn
next stop is Baghdad, man
and it’s 5, 6, 7, open up the pearly gates
well there ain’t no time to wonder why
whoopee! we’re all gonna die
well c’mon generals, let’s move fast
your big chance has come at last
gotta go out and quash those threats
the only good terrorist is one who’s dead
and you know that peace can only be won
when we’ve blown ’em all to kingdom come
chorus
well c’mon on Wall Street
don’t be slow
why this is war a-go-go
there’s plenty good money to be made
by supplin’ the Army with the tools of the trade
just hope and pray that if we drop the bomb
they drop it on the doers of wrong
chorus
well c’mon mothers throughout this land
pack your boys off to fight Saddam
c’mon pops, don’t hesitate
send ’em off before it’s too late
be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box
and it’s 1, 2, 3, what’re we fighting for?
don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn.

(originally by Country Joe & the Fish)

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