Monday, September 11, 2006
Time Magazine: Tricky Triptych of Terror
These three arrogant, tasteless and gloating images I find very telling about Western culture. Firstly it shows how the rationalist/materialist mentality sees evil as something separate from himself. Evil is always shown as something outside of oneself that you can destroy in the physical world. Does this ever work?
It also shows how they tried to create the impression in our minds that the war on Terror is on equal footing with the war against the Nazis. Zarqawi is an equal with Hitler? I personally had never even heard of Zarqawi before he was murdered by the Americans.
The first two images are of men who weren't even killed by America. The third however is and this makes the bloody cross on his face take on a new meaning. This also shows how they tried to create the image in our minds that killing Zarqawi was just as good as killing bin-Laden. It's probably still profitable to have bin-Laden drop of tapes at AlJazeera when America needs a good scare.
Oh, wasn't Saddam one of the boys at one point?
Is the world is a safer place now that these three men are "crossed" out?