After work, I sat down to watch the DVD of Ghost in the Shell, which, for some reason, I got more out of than I had when I saw it on VHS. Maybe the themes escaped me then? I don't know.
I finally had a chance to stop at a small comic shop in Pomona; the guy only opens it for a couple of hours on Friday nights, and a few hours on Saturday. He had a single copy of DMZ that I was missing, so I spent much of last evening catching up on the series, reading #14 - 24. Of course, there are a lot of parallels to the war in Iraq, and for that matter to the Civil War in this series, but the author makes some telling points about it all. I find this series provocative.