Heard this on the radio yesterday, got the link from Attackerman. NPR's Baghdad reporter Jamie Tarabay talks about how Buffy the Vampire Slayer kept her alive and sane while she reported from Iraq. The story quotes my favorite lines from the whole series:
Buffy: Does it ever get easy?
Giles: You mean life?
Buffy: Yeah. Does it get easy?
Giles: What do you want me to say?
Buffy: Lie to me.
Giles: Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after.
Which is about as good a summery of Iraq, and the world we live in today, that has ever been said.