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Wednesday, May 05, 2004 "AN ARMY OF SCUM
Or, We're Looking For a Few Good Homosexual Rapists"
Ted Rall's latest effusion is up at Universal Press Syndicate:
NEW YORK--Now it's official: American troops occupying Iraq have become virtually indistinguishable from the SS. Like the Germans during World War II, they cordon off and bomb civilian villages to retaliate for guerilla attacks on their convoys. Like the blackshirts who terrorized Europe, America's victims disappear into hellish prisons ruled by sadists and murderers. The U.S. military is short just one item to achieve moral parity with the Nazis: gas chambers.
"Scum." Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Wonder how William F. Buckley Jr., Ann Coulter, Maggie Gallagher and John Leo feel about having their columns carried by Universal Press Syndicate alongside those of Ted Rall?
"Accused of being both a liberal and a conservative, Rall speaks to a new generation of readers," reads his blurb. One imagines Ted Rall has been accused of being many things, but conservative isn't among them. And whatever generation of readers Ted Rall speaks to isn't new: the moral idiot has long been identified as a species.
One wishes Universal Press Syndicate would actually heed the motto that runs atop its opinions page.