An awfully juicy nugget from Baudrillard apropos today's non-events:
"Empty war: it brings to mind those games in World Cup football which often have to be decided by penalties (sorry spectacle), because of the impossibility of forcing a decision. As though the players punished themselves by means of 'penalties' for not having been able to play and take the match in full battle. We might as well have begun with the penalties and dispensed with the game and its sterile stand-off. So with the war [Gulf War]: it could have begun at the end and spared us the forced spectacle of this unreal war where nothing is extreme and which, whatever the outcome, will leave behind the smell of undigested programming, and the entire world irritated as though after an unsuccessful copulation."
(from The Gulf War Did Not Take Place)
Or, as Johnny Rotten might say: "Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?"...