Land of the Weird

The longer I spend living outside America, and it’s now been more than 14 years, the harder it gets to defend my country when it is criticised, or perhaps worse, laughed at by the rest of the world. And the world is howling with laughter again.

>And who could blame them? How could anyone fail to laugh at a country where in the same week that the Bush administration was forced to admit that Saddam Hussein had posed no threat to America, and did not possess any so-called weapons of mass destruction (thus exposing as entirely fraudulant its motives for going to war in Iraq), is it possible that the event which has outraged the nation be Janet Jackson’s breast being exposed on national TV?

How could the latter be considered an obscenity but not the former? How could a brief glimpse of a woman’s breast be taken as evidence of the nation’s moral decay, but not that same nation’s slaughter of innocent men, women and children for no other reason than George W Bush wanting to go one better than his father? If you have answers to these questions, please share them.

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