Thursday, February 26, 2009

Serving the Dead for Dinner - Lessons from Past Wars

Pentagon announced today that they are lifting an 18 year old ban that disallowed photographs of dead American soldiers returning to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Apparently Defense Secretary Gates had wanted to do away with the ban for sometime but was only successful in doing so under the Obama administration.

What I find comical is that some have defended the ban calling sensitivity for families as the main reason. Well, the new regulation allows photographs only if families agree. But, really, who are we kidding here. The ban is a direct result of lessons learned during the Viet Nam War.

For a generation, they watched the Viet Nam War on their TVs nightly during dinner time. Seeing the realities of war no doubt affected the populous and helped move the anti-war movement along. There was no way the Bush advisers would allow that kind discontent for this ill-conceived military invasion and occupation.

When was the last time you saw anything about the Iraqi/Afghanistan War broadcasted? Do you even remember we are at war? If not, then Bush did a great job of censoring the war and you can go about your daily lives in the dark.

To supplement what you've been missing, I've shared some photos of dead Araqi citizens and American Soldiers. For more graphic images, see here.

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