Tuesday, November 16, 2004

We Have All Been Here Before

Much has been made of the recent video of a Marine killing a wounded Iraqi prisoner in a mosque in Fallujah. But what is unusual about this is not that it happened, but that an American media outlet made it public. As a result, the Pentagon is all over this now, ordering an immediate investigation into what will prove to be yet another coup of bad press for us in the eyes of the world.

This is nothing new. It has happened before, and more than once.

Meanwhile, the FDA and the anti-abortionists have been jumping at the chance to conclude that mifepristone, or RU-486, is causing the deaths of women who take it, although the "evidence", as cited by the front page piece in the NYTimes, is questionable. This is a country whose regulatory agency blinked and yawned as Merck oversaw the deaths of thousands due to its popular pain-killer Vioxx.
I'm neither impressed nor convinced about something that so conveniently furthers BushCo's anti-choice agenda.

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