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September 09, 2007

A College Newspaper Beauchamp

Stories about her brother's tour in Iraq, blowing up children in a fashion reminiscent, presumably, of Jenjis Khan.

A few minor technical Beauchampian problems: He wasn't in Iraq, he was in Afghanistan. And he says he saw no children being blown up.

The college newspaper is apologizing, but I don't see why. The facts may not be true, but the overarching narrative is correct. After all, we know that surely at some point US troops have blown up children, either accidentally, negligently, or part of a hard moral choice about collateral deaths; what does it matter what the actual facts are?

The story speaks to a deeper Truth. And it's this deeper truth that's what really matters.

Journalists? No. Philosopher-Kings. Journalists report facts. Philosophers weigh heavy issues of Truth. And Kings, of course, are The Deciders.

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