I am often perplexed when other people are aggrieved and offended, emotions I feel so seldom that I can't quite fathom how so many, on cable news and college campuses and talk radio, seem to feel them so regularly. Are they faking? Why give others the power to offend?
But I am, I must admit, offended by this:
Whatever one things of the Iraq War -- and I am not someone who thinks its detractors are being unreasonable -- it is unconscionable to make a frivolous slapstick about a war zone where soldiers and civilians are still dying, where people really are being taken hostage, where government employees and contractors -- a close friend's sister, for example -- are risking their lives, particularly when the thin and disingenuous veneer of satirizing capitalism in the war zone is offered up to deflect criticism.