Shock and Yawn


| March 7, 2003 Issue


Last month the Pentagon revealed its “Shock and Awe” plan for an assault on Iraq. This strategy—named to glorify the heinous physical and psychological effects from which millions of innocent civilians would suffer during the detonation of 800 missiles in only two days—is designed to incite instantaneous surrender. “The United States is planning to suck all the oxygen out of the air with a fireball over the heads of the five million residents of Baghdad,” seethes Geov Parrish in a workingforchange.com editorial. Americans, meanwhile, seem indifferent to an act that, if successfully executed, will amount to one of the most horrific war crimes “ever committed in our name and with our money.”

While “Shock and Awe” is a white-hot topic on the Internet, it’s getting zero coverage in the mainstream media. As a result, many Americans are dismissing the news as “conspiracist nonsense.” Although such an attack may never occur, Parrish says America’s worldwide reputation has been irrevocably damaged by the Pentagon’s revelation of this reprehensible plan and worse, by our perceived apathy. Even notorious terrorists appear more sympathetic than President Bush when Parrish reports of “captured Al-Qaeda documents” detailing plans to fly airplanes into American nuclear facilities; a strategy that was eventually rejected on “‘humanitarian’ grounds.”