Tuesday, March 13, 2012

GAWKER: Dehumanize Yourself and Face to Bloodshed

You could be forgiven if, on learning of a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant executing 16 people in villages near Kandahar, you secretly wished that he was some virulent racist—a vicious dickhead who slipped through the vetting process.

Racism, at least, would have been a kind of excuse, evidence of a critically planned process. It's almost comforting: Even the most saintly among us has harbored or inspired some racial resentment. Racism is a universal form of bullshit—a lower-social-order attitude, but at least an indicator of some ordered thinking.


Click the image of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales to continue reading at Gawker.


4 comments:

  1. I think you mean DEHUMANIZE YOURSELF AND FACE TO BLOODSHED

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  2. Relatedly, here's Carlin on shell shock and euphemism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeGKuTZtkpg (Please ignore whoever threw a bunch of shitty images on top of the audio; just open it in a background tab or something and listen.)

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  3. Otto von BisquickMarch 21, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Wasn't Paul Fussell's comments on the distortion of the term "Shell Shock" a bit from George Carlin's Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics album?

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  4. Nope. Carlin's album was released a year after the book. It's far likelier that he lifted the observation from Fussell.

    Fussell's not a no-name. His previous war book, The Great War and Modern Memory was an instant classic and received just about every award, distinction or plaudit you can imagine. It's pretty much the text on the subject. So when he turned his eye to a war in which he actually served, in combat, the book was pretty well-noticed.

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Et tu, Mr. Destructo? is a politics, sports and media blog whose purpose is to tell jokes or be really right about things. All of us have real jobs and don't need the hassle that telling jokes here might occasion, which is why some contributors find it more tasteful to pretend to be dead mass murderers.