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Hiroo Onoda

Half of U.S. Still Believes Iraq had WMD

With a July 21 poll revealing that half the country still thinks Iraq had WMD, the Associated Press asks several experts why this myth persists. One answer: people tend to become “independent of reality.”
This is not without historical precendent. Pictured above is Hiroo Onoda, a former Japanese army officer who was stationed on a Phillipines island at the end of World War II and who kept on fighting until 1974 because no one told him the war had ended.

Posted on Aug 7, 2006 READ MORE

Ignorance is Strength

Half of U.S. Says Iraq Had WMD’s

According to a new Harris poll, about 50% of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003. This is up (up!) from 36% last year.
We can only hope, perhaps naively, such a moment represents a low-water mark ... that (with apologies to Fitzgerald) we are face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate with our capacity for ignorance.

Posted on Jul 26, 2006 READ MORE

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