Images of Fallen Americans in the Media
A bit off topic, but certainly worth mentioning: Kip, from abu muqawama, offers his insight on the media using images of dead American Servicemen as well as the average citizen's perspective of war.
We, that is the military, have indeed gone a long way toward sanitizing war for the average American. All that is asked of him or her is to stand with hand over the heart at the playing of the national anthem at a myriad of events and places. He is not asked to sacrifice for the war, neither from his blood nor from his pocketbook; he has, in effect, passed on the latter burden to his children. He neither understands the war nor the enemy that will continue to confront him.
Confronted with images of death, Americans will be forced to ask the question of what they ought be doing for the effort and who should be held accountable for mistakes. Faced with those images at the beginning of the war, they would be, Kip believes, more determined (not less) to win the long war.
OYE Comment: Please read the entire article as well as the many perceptive comments.