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Sunday, May 16, 2004

The Iraqi Hillbillies

Or I Wish They All Could Be West Virginny Girls
[My apologies to West Virginians, including many of my relatives, and to hillbillies everywhere, including Kansas. I grew fond of multiple titles for stories while watching Rocky & Bullwinkle as a kid. ("Hey Rocky! Watch me pull a title out of my hat!" "Again?")]
Frank Rich compares and links the stories of Jessica Lynch and Lynndie England.
IT'S almost too perfect. Two young working-class women from opposite ends of West Virginia go off to war. One is blond and has aspirations to be a schoolteacher. The other is dark, a smoker, divorced and now carrying an out-of-wedlock baby. One becomes the heroic poster child for Operation Iraqi Freedom, the subject of a hagiographic book and TV movie; the other becomes the hideous, leering face of American wartime criminality, Exhibit A in the indictment of our country's descent into the gulag. In the words of Time magazine, Pfc. Lynndie England is "a Jessica Lynch gone wrong."

Thanks to Dena for sending that!