A group of pranksters handed out a fake 14 page issue of The New York Times which carried the headline– Iraq War Ends! A group called the Yes Men took six months putting together their elaborate hoax and used the assistance of thousands of volunteers who handed out about 1.2 million copies of the paper on the streets of New York and Los Angeles. Barbara Suttner, one of the newspaper writers, said, “We’ve got to make sure Obama and all the other Democrats do what we elected them to do.” The fake newspaper had several fake headlines such as:
“Maximum Wage Law Succeeds”
“Nationalized Oil To Fund Climate Change Efforts”
“Nation Sets Its Sight On Building Sane Economy”
A story in the fake newspaper has Condi Rice admitting what everyone knows– George Bush knew there were no WMD.
Rumors are circulating that the writers of the spoof work for several newspapers, including The New York Times. A statement from the pranksters can be found on:
Who knows, maybe the absurd is in reality, — reality!
It is still unclear as to which of the candidates a majority of those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan will support in the coming election. An AP-Yahoo Poll a few months ago revealed veterans supported Senator McCain by a 49% to 32% margin over Senator Obama. However, Obama has collected $327,000 in campaign donations from American soldiers compared to $227,000 secured by John McCain. Most probably a majority of troops believe McCain has greater military experience than Obama, but there is also extreme dissatisfaction with the progress of the war.
An unknown factor is the increase in violence in Afghanistan even as violence decreases in Iraq. Groups like the Iraq Veterans Against War represent those who are disgusted with the Bush administration but many continue wanting to believe their sacrifices had to mean something. It is difficult accepting your fighting was meaningless.