Footnotes From the Front

The gulf crisis makes headlines, but it has also produced a crop of strange and little noticed war stories:

PROPAGANDA MILL. Saddam's flacks are telling radio and TV audiences that American soldiers "are drinking alcohol, eating pork and practicing prostitution." A clandestine radio station claims that 40% of U.S. servicemen are infected with the AIDS virus.

WHERE'S THE BEEF? More than 650,000 cans of corned beef were recalled from Jordanian refugee camps after local health officials determined that it was "not fit for consumption." One examiner noted that the product, a gift from the European Community, was "full of hair."


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