Look, I know this happens all the time, and I look like a real whiner when I point it out, and it’s not going to change anybody’s opinion…
Earlier today in Iraq, some insurgent left a roadside bomb beside some American convoy. Before the Americans could disarm it, the thing exploded, and two soldiers have been treated for slight exposure to the nerve gas sarin.
The markings on the shell were from the 1980s, and it was a very poor use of sarin, so poor that many military experts and a former weapons inspector have conjectured that the insurgents didn’t even know it had sarin in it – it looked like every other shell in the pile. One weapons inspector said that it was probably a prototype left over from an aborted test years ago.
So, my first thought was: from this tiny canister of poorly-stored sarin, the Bush Administration is going to say that they found Weapons of Mass Destruction. I waited for the story to blow up, but by this afternoon, it wasn’t even on the front page of the New York Times’ website. Nor the BBC, or Reuters. CNN? They were interested in hurricanes:
How about the populist USA Today? Well, they semi-buried it as part of another story on Iraq:
yes, I altered one of the pictures, but Bush’s image is not allowed on my blog
Ah, but our other friends, you ask? Simple:
Yep, that’s right. “Sarin, Mustard Gas Found in Iraq.” Obviously, they know that Average Joe Buttplug is going to take one look at that headline and scream “Damn right! Bush saw this shit comin’ a mile away! I bet them ragheads got more, too!”
It’s the little things that get me. This particular instance may not be all that big a deal, but each editorial decision made by these people, tiny little calculations, day by day, has made our populace utterly impermeable to the truth. I just need to print it out so it exists somewhere, not just the rage-filled chambers of the back of my mind.