Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Laaa-laa, la-la-la-BOOM!

War, huh!
Good God, y'all
What is it good for?
--Edwin Starr, "War"
Now we know the answer to that question.

On today's edition of Whatever Happened to... , I give you one of the most disturbing images to come out of the raging inferno known as global war.

The caption for the picture, from a UNICEF Belgium campaign, reads, "Don't let war destroy a child's world."
"We see so many images that we don't really react anymore," said Julie Lamoureux, account director at Publicis, an advertising agency that drew up the campaign for UNICEF Belgium. "In 35 seconds we wanted to show adults how awful war is by reaching them within their memories of childhood."
Uh, lady? Anyone who doesn't react to images of real children caught in a real war is not going to feel sorry for a bunch of cartoon characters. And for those of us who harbor a certain animosity towards said cartoon characters, well, it makes war look pretty satisfying.

I always knew those little blue bastards would draw down unholy hell upon their heads one day. It must have been all the singing...

(Special thanks to CNN's Anderson Cooper for coining the term "Smurf-ageddon")


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