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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n15 (04/14/2010) » Section: Letters to Artvoice

War and Degeneracy

On Monday, March 5, the website Wikileaks released a video depicting a US Army Apache helicopter in Baghdad opening fire on a group of civilians, killing 12, and wounding two children. Dated from 2007, it goes far beyond the conventional rules of engagement, veering into thug-like violence. The most disturbing aspect of this video is that there are many more to be found in the public domain of the internet, along with numerous news reports documenting the moral decline of our US military, with soldiers developing a gross disregard for those foreign peoples whom they are supposed to be “liberating”—they more and more resemble already notorious private armies like Blackwater USA. The video reveals a dark psychology to this war, and it can be little surprise that Wikileaks has been deemed to represent an “informational security threat to US Army” by the US Army Counter Intelligence Center; the site has even come under censorship in countries such as Australia, Germany, and China.

Losing Faith

When a comely blonde in a sheath dress was wheeled into play as the public relations representative of Bernard Cardinal Law in Boston more than eight years ago, the university-trained monsignor who had been the archdiocese’s PR man was shoved into the background.

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