War Is Not Fun

Abby Zimet

It's looking likely that Wesley Clark and his deranged band of has-beens and glory seekers will hit the dustbin of god-awful "entertainment" history after tonight's last episode of NBC's war-is-fun! "reality show," Stars Earn Stripes. Credit weekly protests by a broad spectrum of groups, a RootsAction.org petition signed by 50,000 people, a blast from seven Nobel prize winners, bad press, and few enough viewers to suggest, remarkably, there might yet be a level of tastelessness to which even blood-and-guts-hungry TV viewers will not go.

"The messages from 'Stars Earn Stripes' are all wrong," said Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction.org. "The role of Wesley Clark is a symbol of the warfare state that combines war, politics, media profits and show biz. While killing some people, wounding others and causing untold damage to countless lives, we continue to enable what Martin Luther King Jr. called 'the madness of militarism' - a widespread affliction that top political leaders of both parties celebrate."

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