by By Isa F. Atkins
The problem with America’s new war is that, for most Americans, it’s not really happening. The nation got moderately excited during the initial stage of the invasion. But now most US news providers don’t even highlight the daily combat fatalities of the men and women supposedly fighting to defend America’s freedom -let alone bothering to question the official pretexts for going to war. Much more excitement and controversy was caused by Janet Jackson’s bare breast, as featured recently in the Superbowl XXXVIII halftime show, than by any single incident of the Iraq war. Indeed, judging by the daily preoccupations of its citizens, America is not a nation in war -it is a nation asleep.
This, of course, is not the case everywhere else. Coalition member countries with a more sensitive political culture, such as Japan, South Korea, Italy, or Spain, are witnessing their public institutions torn apart and their leaders severely questioned for deciding to join the falsely justified assault on Iraq.
The recent events in Britain, following the release of the findings of the Hutton Committee, are indicative of such turmoil…….