Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Story of the Century!

Nay, story of the millenium. The importance of this story really cannot be understated. Understation is IMPOSSIBLE. In fact, I am going to dig deep into my magical bag of rhetorical tricks and drag out the trifecta (ctrl+b, ctrl+i, Caps Lock): THIS STORY IS MORE THAN MARGINALLY IMPORTANT. IN FACT, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT. AND I DON'T USE THE WORD VERY VERY MUCH BECAUSE IF YOU DO IT TENDS TO LOSE SOME OF ITS RHETORICAL IMPACT WHICH JUST DEMEANS THE WHOLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. AND DEMEANING THE WHOLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE JUST SO YOU CAN MAKE A VERY GOOD POINT IS NOT A VERY GOOD THING AT ALL. IN FACT IT IS A VERY BAD THING.

Anyways.

This will shape the world's perception of America for generations, and deservedly. From the Telegraph:

American troops in Iraq sexually abused girls as young as 13, giving out scraps of food or money in return for favours, the United States admitted yesterday.

[...]

Soldiers continued abusing children even after the onset of an internal Army inquiry.


Obvious the moral authority of the US Army is shattered. They are no better than the regime which the supposedly "liberated" the people from. Story. Of. The. Century.

Oh wait. It seems I got some minor details wrong. Heres the real story, via the Telegraph:

[UN] Peacekeeping troops guarding refugee camps in the Democratic Republic of Congo sexually abused girls as young as 13, giving out scraps of food or money in return for favours, the United Nations admitted yesterday.

[...]

Soldiers continued abusing children even after the onset of an internal UN inquiry.


Oh, you mean the UN did this? Never mind. Move along. I'm sure there's some Abu Ghraib lingering in the air somewhere that's still newsworthy. Cheerleaders? Mmm, that's the stuff.

Post inspired by Instapundit.

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