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The Onion Satire

In her blog, my niece, Little Diamond, posted a recent article (satire) from The Onion. Titled 800,000 Privileged Youth Sign Up to Fight In Iraq, you can read it here.

The Onion isn’t really news. It’s a poke at the news. It’s one of the funniest websites I visit.

January 13, 2007 - Posted by | Blogging, News, Political Issues, Uncategorized


  1. ya khaltou whenever you “ping” my posts my viewer stats double :-)! thank you for (and to) all the new visitors!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | January 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. But is this actually true? Or is it making fun of middle class kids? I got the sense that it’s a real article that’s actually saying there’s a surge in volunteers from priviledged backgrounds.

    Anyway, if it is true, I feel sorry for their families. Plus not everyone is born to battle, any country needs warriors and needs educated people and if you’ve had a high level of education all your life the best thing you can do for your country is stick to doing what you’re most useful for. I watched a show on TV about soldiers leaving the US and their families before coming to work… may God protect us from ever being in that position.

    Comment by 1001 Nights | January 14, 2007 | Reply

  3. Oh Zin, no, it’s not true, not at all. That’s what makes it “funny” only it’s not funny.

    The sad truth is that since the end of the draft, the American Army attracts those from the lowest economic sectors, because in exchange for defending the country, they get educational and experience opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise. Also many fight with the American Army for citizenship.

    The privileged elite kids – in just about any culture – are rarely found in service sector jobs. You find a few of them in the officer class, but mostly they look for higher status positions, higher salaries, in the private sector.

    A few actually serve, but rarely in the military. Sadly, this article was purely satire.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 14, 2007 | Reply

  4. See I actually think it’s a good thing that it’s not true. 😀

    Comment by 1001Nights | January 14, 2007 | Reply

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