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April 29, 2008

More "Fear:" DNC Features Soldiers Caught In IED Blast

Charlies Johnson says they're killed by the blast, but I think that might just be an assumption.

Bob Owens has stills of the blast images. The guys flinch, and I'm thinking if you're able to flinch, there's a good chance you weren't killed.

I have to defend the DNC on this: It seems a very convenient argument by those who support the war to claim that the most visceral anti-war images -- US soldiers being attacked and possibly killed -- can't be used for political purposes, out of respect for the soldiers. Similar reasoning would suggest that footage of the 9/11 attacks can't be used for political purposes, which is reasoning I also reject. In both cases victims of tragedy or war are being used for ends which they might not support, and arguably are not being shown the respect they're entitled to; but advocacy on issues of war and peace is an important venture, and it seems unwarranted to leave the "best evidence" on the cutting room floor out of respect for soldiers or victims of terrorism.

Respect for a small number of people is trumped by the need of the nation to decide upon a proper course, and information comes in different forms, from the coldly analytical to the purely emotive and anecdotal and visual.

That said: There sure does seem to be a lot of that fear-mongering in this ad, which the Democrats and the MSM (but I repeat myself) continue insisting is a very bad thing indeed and tricks people into making bad decisions by appealing to the least rational, most lizard-like parts of their minds.

But I'm sure I'm just missing the nuance here, once again, which is, as always, It's okay when Democrats do it.

Hmmm... I'm currently searching the clips from Fahrenheit 911 because I believe I've seen that blast before -- and I'm 70 to 75% sure it was first shown in a commercial for Michael Moore's leftist diatribe.

I haven't found it yet, but here's the trailer. Note Baghdad Jim McDermott opening the trailer by saying "You can make people do anything if they're afraid."

Really, Jim? I couldn't tell you believed that at all.

Yup: My memory was right. That blast footage is lifted right from the above-linked trailer for Michael Moore's movie, at 1:35. I missed it, because I skipped over the small-town montage, thinking it wouldn't be there.

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