Daily Archives: November 13, 2004

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Iraq: the unthinkable becomes normal

[ See also Pepe Escobar’s piece, “A Thousand Fallujahs,” in the Asia Times (12 Nov. 2004). –BL ] 15 Nov. 2004 | New Statesman by John Pilger Mainstream media speak as if Fallujah were populated only by foreign “insurgents.” In fact, women and children are being slaughtered in our name. Edward S Herman’s landmark essay, “The Banality of Evil,” has never seemed more apposite. “Doing terrible things in an organised and systematic way rests on ‘normalisation’,” wrote Herman. “There is usually a division of labour in doing and rationalising the unthinkable, with the direct brutalising and killing done by one set […]

The Banality of Evil

from the book Triumph of the Market and ZMag, April, 1991. by Edward S. Herman The concept of the banality of evil came into prominence following the publication of Hannah Arendt’s 1963 book Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, which was based on the trial of Adolph Eichmann in Jerusalem. Arendt’s thesis was that people who carry out unspeakable crimes, like Eichmann, a top administrator in the machinery of the Nazi death camps, may not be crazy fanatics at all, but rather ordinary individuals who simply accept the premises of their state and participate in any […]

Unlelected Iraq Gov’t Threatens Media

by Brendan Lalor Against the backdrop of a state of emergency declared by the unelected Iraqi government, Aljazeera (12 Nov. 2004) is reporting, Iraq’s Media High Commission this week “demanded news media ‘differentiate between the innocent Falluja residents who are not targeted by military operations and terrorist groups that infiltrated the city and held its people hostage under the pretext of resistance and jihad’” and asked “media to set aside space in your news coverage to make the position of the Iraqi government, which expresses the aspirations of most Iraqis, clear. We hope you comply … otherwise we regret we […]


[ Palast argues that Ohio Republicans, simultaneously in charge of both the Bush-Cheney get-out-the-vote drive and the state’s vote-counting rules, doggedly and systematically insured the spoilage pile would be as high as the White House. And the color of most of those who cast the spoiled votes is Black. –BL ]November 12, 2004 | In These Times Most voters in Ohio chose Kerry. Here’s how the votes vanished. by Greg Palast This February, Ken Blackwell, Ohio’s Secretary of State, told his State Senate President, “The possibility of a close election with punch cards as the state?s primary voting device invites a […]