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Phoney Wars and Real Ones

Laura Flanders

There's an awful lot of joking, jiving and just plain goof in this election. Sarah Palin alone has attracted an avalanche of spoof... Campaign ads on both sides are so over-the-top as to induce disbelief.

One of the most serious elections in our lifetimes is playing out as entertainment television. But it's not very entertaining if you're watching in Afghanistan or Iraq, where despite claims of success, killing continues and the prospects of enduring peace - after years of intense fighting - are grim. . A 100,000-strong Sunni militia remains loyal to the US so long as the monthly stipends keep on coming. After that, who knows? Discontent in Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Yemen and even Saudi Arabia threatens to explode, there's so much poverty and corruption. And Israel and the Palestinians seem worlds away from achieving a meaningful peace. Even within his own party, former Israeli prime minister Olmert's call for Israel to relinquish East Jerusalem and the West Bank is likely to fall on deaf ears.

The only war we've been hearing about recently is the phoney one in Congress. The House and Senate have been said to be "battling it out" over the baiiout. That's looking like it'll end with a grand Kum-bay-yah for Wall St. But that doesn't mean the real wars are over. The US invasion of Iraq's cost as much as the $700 billion bailout already, and there's no end in sight.

That's nothing to laugh about.

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Laura Flanders is the host of GRITtv and author of Blue Grit.

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