Ted Rall for March 11, 2002
Postmodern War Heroes Man 1: The real heroes didn't make it- they died for us! Man 2: Who could ever forget them? That's my old buddy Joey from Queens, New York. No one knew as many bad jokes! Died in a helicopter crash... mechanical problems. Man 1: Hey! Isn't that big Ben? He loved his whiskey! Man 2: Sure is! Ben's helicopter went down on the way to Afghanistan. Rotor trouble, you know. Man 1: Naw, that ain't right. Ben's helicopter ran into another helicopter. Man 2: Yeah. But that copter had a bad rotor. Man 1: Good point. Well, at least Brenda got to die in battle. Man 2: Not quite. She fell out of a helicopter over a battle. Man 1: Oh, right - she killed Ken when she hit! Man 2: Actually, Ken's chopper fell apart at high altitude. Brenda took out a different helicopter.