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There is a propaganda aspect to this war, and it involves a competition as to who is more miserable. Each side tries to persuade the world that it is more miserable. As in every propaganda campaign, the use of information is selective, distorted and self-righteous. If we want to base our information (or shall we call it propaganda?) policy on the assumption that the international environment is going to buy the dubious merchandise that we are selling, be it out of ignorance or hypocrisy, then fine. But in terms of our own national soul searching, we owe ourselves to confront the bitter truth - maybe we will win this conflict on the military field, maybe we will make some diplomatic gains, but on the moral plane, we have no advantage, and we have no special status.
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Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
Excellent! This is so good and so true!
It is also appropriate to apply to the War on Terror between the US (and coalition forces) and the 'terrorists'. We, the US, hold no moral advantage... We use double standards and our memory is short-range and selective. Not to mention our distorted world view and our righteous self importance.
I apologize for applying this elsewhere, but I think it fits. I think it's all intertwined.