Collective guilt

John Moody of Fox News missed his calling. He should have been a press agent for the SS.

Someone — I’m sorry to say I can’t remember who — pointed yesterday to Wonkette’s publication last summer of the whole bundle of Fox News memos unearthed by the Outfoxed team.

Browsing through what read like memos to Winston Smith from his superiors at the Ministry of Truth, I was struck by this paragraph (also highlighted by Wonkette):

Into Fallujah: It’s called Operation Vigilant Resolve and it began Monday morning (NY time) with the US and Iraqi military surrounding Fallujah. We will cover this hour by hour today, explaining repeatedly why it is happening. It won’t be long before some people start to decry the use of “excessive force.” We won’t be among that group. . . More than 600 US military dead, attacks on the UN headquarters last year, assassination of Irai officials who work with the coalition, the deaths of Spanish troops last fall, the outrage in Fallujah: whatever happens, it is richly deserved.

I don’t think it’s any exaggeration at all to call that an instance of totalitarian thinking; because the insurgents are doing evil things, and there are insurgents in Fallujah, all of the people in Fallujah “richly deserve” “whatever happens.”

Can you say “Lidice“?

And this is the semi-official news channel of the party in power.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com