From a Pashtun point of view, Petraeus should be shot by relatives from his mistress’s family,” the Taliban official explained.
“From a Shariah point of view, he should be stoned to death.”
An important new report from the Stanford and New York University law schools finds drone use has caused widespread post-tramatic stress disorder and an overall breakdown of functional society in North Waziristan. In addition, the report finds the use of a “double tap” procedure, in which a drone strikes once and strikes again not long after, has led to deaths of rescuers and medical professionals.
“Through our report we would like the American people to understand that the narrative they have heard about drones is not accurate. That drones cause death to civilians, they terrorize entire populations and they may well be counter productive at many levels.”
- Professor James Cavalarro, Director of Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic
Watch the rest of the report here.
I mean I’ve read Baudrillard and everything but I’m still stunned by the level of hyperreality involved in Stars Win Stripes. Even more than most reality shows, it’s obsessed with insisting on its own reality; but of course it isn’t real in the slightest. Aside from the fact that, unlike actual soldiers, the celebrities are never in danger (nor do they face the possibility of having to kill someone), the “missions” they take part in aren’t even as real as military training, with cardboard targets rather than other soldiers (who might shoot back) playing the part of the opposing force. Even the show’s visual attempt to convey realness is ersatz, adopting high-tech infographics of a Call of Duty game; that is, the show fakes the style used by computer games to fake military reality. Most fascinating, though, is what all this “realness” is in service of: the celebrities all end by telling us that because of the authenticity of their experience they have gained a new appreciation of what real soldiers go to and so are now truly able to declare that their experience doesn’t match up to the experience of real military heroes. The show takes something flagrantly unreal and insists strenuously on its realness in order to be able to claim that, no, it isn’t real after all.