"Women get flustered under fire. They're too fragile, too emotional. They lack the ferocity required to take a life. They can't handle pain. They're a distraction, a threat to cohesion, a provocative tease to close-quartered men. These are the sort of myths you hear from people who oppose the U.S. military's evolving new rules about women in combat. But for women who have already been in combat, who have earned medals fighting alongside men, the war stories they tell don't sound a thing like myths
" [more inside]
Last year, the unofficial Dean of the White House Press Corps, Helen Thomas,
spoke about the State of Israel on camera. (Previously)
: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine,"
and that the Jews "can go home"
to "Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else,"
sparked media outrage,
prompted her to issue an apology and retire
. After months of being out of the the public spotlight, she has now given her first long-form interview, which will appear in the April issue of Playboy Magazine
. In it, she explains what she meant, tells us how she would like to be remembered and expands upon her positions regarding Israel, Jewish political influence, Presidents Bush and Obama, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Staggering reading by Robert Fisk
then an interview with Fisk by Amy Goodman - from a 9/2005 program at the ever-wonderful Lannan Foundation
, "For a justice to come." An uninterpretation.
While I haven't checked out the videos (which is sans translation anyway), it's interesting to hear
that the Iraqi government has put up their version of the Saddam-Rather interview
from a few weeks back, on their almost blog-like gov't site
. I wish there was an english translation, to see how the other side lobs their spin of propaganda in this new media war.