In most media coverage of war — including the hell in the Middle East, where World War III looms —the unexamined assumption is that we, the readers, are spectators, looking on as the missiles fly and Good dukes it out with Evil yet again.
Paradoxically, Good and Evil are in complete agreement at least about one thing: The only way to deal with conflict is through violence.
The last thing either side wants is for this to be questioned — no matter this is the nuclear age and the future of life itself is up for grabs.
Consider this strange bit of recent reportage in the New York Times, headlined: “A U.S.-Iranian Miscalculation Could Lead to a Larger War, Officials Say.” The story is about the possibility of Iran becoming involved in the Israeli assault on Gaza. Quietly referred to as a “larger war,” a U.S.-Iran confrontation could pull in the whole nuclear-armed world, East versus West, and . . . oops . . . morph into Armageddon.
As the Times notes, referring to the U.S.-Iran military back-and-forth that is, oh so politely, underway: