Annals of Liberation

From the NYT, via AP: "U.S. forces mistakenly fired on a civilian vehicle outside an American base in a city north of Baghdad on Monday, killing three people, including a child, the military said...'It was one of these regrettable, tragic incidents,' Army spokesman Maj. Steven Warren said."

Yeah, just one of those things; you know: same old, same old.

And how about that nice softening headline from the NYT: "U.S. Mistakenly Fire on Vehicle." Uh, they didn't just fire on it: they hit that sucker and killed three civilians. Granted, this is not exactly news in Bush's Iraq satrapy, but if you are going to report such things, why not tell what actually happened in the headline? What next? "Burglar Discharges Firearm at Local Residence" instead of "Thief Kills Family of Three During Robbery"?

By such little comforting omissions is our reality deranged.