Turning the Tables

I know, I know – all but one of my first few posts on the new blog are political. I’ll get to the personal stuff soon – I’m sifting through all my newsfeeds!

Juan Cole cooks up some statistics comparing damage and death in Iraq to proportional mayhem here in the United States. (via Lying Media Bastards)

  • What if the grounds of the White House and the government buildings near the Mall were constantly taking mortar fire?
  • What if all the reporters for all the major television and print media were trapped in five-star hotels in Washington, DC and New York, unable to move more than a few blocks safely, and dependent on stringers to know what was happening in Oklahoma City and St. Louis?
  • What if, during the past year, the Secretary of State (Aqilah Hashemi), the President (Izzedine Salim), and the Attorney General (Muhammad Baqir al-Hakim) had all been assassinated?
  • What if the Air Force routinely (I mean daily or weekly) bombed Billings, Montana, Flint, Michigan, Watts in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Anacostia in Washington, DC, and other urban areas, attempting to target “safe houses” of “criminal gangs”, but inevitably killing a lot of children and little old ladies?
  • What if veterans of militia actions at Ruby Ridge and the Oklahoma City bombing were brought in to run the government on the theory that you need a tough guy in these times of crisis?