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Wallowing in Kriegschmerz

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The German word Weltschmerz means world weariness and so if the Germans ever have the need for a word denoting the feeling that occurs when folks grow tired of a war their country is waging, they would call it Kriegschmerz.

Lately, it seems, the American media (especially the New York Times after their lead click here) have (media can be a plural word) been dispensing massive doses of Kriegschmerz.

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When George W. Bush was cranking up the enthusiasm for committing the United States to fighting the "Forever War," where was the media with a dissenting point of view? Why, before the first decade of the Forever War registers on the war-odometer, is the media suddenly giving Americans and America's first President of African American origin a tsunami of second thoughts?

Never mind answering that question. It's like the song about Lola; whatever the Republicans want from the media, they get.

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Ho Chi Minh banked on Kriegschmerz coming to his rescue and it did.

When Generalissimo Bush ordered the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq in rapid sequence, Osama bin Laden shrugged and made a passing allusion to Ho's belief about America's inability to replicate the B. O. B. (http://www.raf.mod.uk/bob1940/bobhome.html>;Battle of Britain) era attitude of perseverance.

[How will America's media handle the challenge of reporting on the fact that the Battle of Britain will reach retirement age (i.e. 65) at the same time that the Afghanistan war is growing tedious? It's simple. They'll just ignore the opportunity to replay any of the old Edward R. Murrow "London Calling" material and hop right to the relentless "what are we gonna do" lament about seeking surcease from the agonies of a Forever War.]

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Uh-oh! This column has already made its point and there's a lot of space left to fill.

In a book titled "The Aspirin Age," edited by Isabel Leighton, we learned (Simon and Schuster paperback edition) on page 141, that Father Coughlin, during the other Depression, advocated "Simplification of government and lightening taxation on the laboring class."

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