March 22, 2003


Got it, Tim. Click for larger:

Posted by Andrea Harris at March 22, 2003 02:23 AM

An uncropped version of this picture appears in Der Spiegel:,1518,241641,00.html

My German is pretty rusty, but I gather from the caption that the esteemed editors of Der Spiegel were not amused.

Posted by: Brown Line at March 22, 2003 at 06:37 AM

It came out of the Babelfish thusly -"Completely obviously this US soldier takes it badly France and Germany personally that they did not follow in the Security Council the war course of the US government. Equipped with gas mask and camouflage suit, he waits at the border to Kuweit for his movement order into the Iraq. "

Posted by: Scott Wickstein at March 22, 2003 at 07:06 AM

Now wait, this can't be right. Look at his hands. He's one of those poor minorities who only signed up to make something of his life, and now he has to go into a war, if you can imagine.

Must be some sort of good-natured soccer razzing.

Posted by: Angie Schultz at March 22, 2003 at 10:45 AM

Either that or the rich white capitalist moneygrubbers put the sign in his hands and he was of course unable to read it. Maybe they told him it said, "Help, I'm being forced to conquer a non-white people for ooooiiiillll!!!!"

F*ck Der Spiegel anyway. I never even liked their catalog.

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at March 22, 2003 at 02:36 PM

No, no, you don't quite have it yet. By being a soldier of Empire he is symbolically whitened, just as the Serbs were honorary non-whites by being ex-Communist. It all fits if you use the Marc Herold Social Reconstruct.

Posted by: Matt McIrvin at March 22, 2003 at 08:18 PM