Friday, February 6, 2009

The Cameron Diaz of armed conflict

"Shoshana Johnson, an African American, was badly hurt, and Lynch's Native American friend and room-mate, Lori Piestewa, was the first US woman soldier to die in Iraq. Neither was considered suitable to be the Cameron Diaz of armed conflict. Lynndie England, the smirking sexual abuser holding a prisoner on a leash and posing beside a pyramid of naked men, was more marketable. She was the transgressor whose betrayal of her sex and profession served to highlight the goodness of most other comrades. England, who later bore her co-tormentor's baby, and Lynch were made promoters for a coalition clutching at virtue and at victory."
(April 1, 2007, Mary Riddell, The Observer)

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