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Saturday, November 30, 2002
Speaking of the iconography "Star Wars" story being used to comment on the "war on terror," check out this poster, which a group called OMF is using to promote a speech by Justin Raimondo of antiwar.com. (Thanks to Raimondo for the link.) The poster is a play on one of the main posters for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and implies that President George W. Bush is either now or is in the process of becoming Darth Vader. So chalk this one up as seeing Bush as representing the Empire.
While I find all of these posters interesting, they are at best limited means of describing the situation since by using the "Star Wars" story as a model they accept that their is absolute good and absolute evil in the real world just as there is in that story. This isn't the case at all, and I think goups like OMF would have to acknowledge this as I highly doubt they see those like Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden who Bush has in his propogandistic cross hairs as being on the side of good. Furtheremore it is hard to think of anybody in this situation who is absolutely good. The Iraqi population outside of the Kurdish controlled areas has suffered under the many methods of the war that the U.S. has waged against them but that hardly makes them "good." Being a victim does not make somebody into being automatically just. It merely means that they shouldn't be treated in the way that they have been treated.