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  •  You know what else we don't see on TV? (2+ / 0-)
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    bdmac, greenearth

    We don't see veterans who've returned from the war to tell us of their experiences, or show us their faces. We don't see veterans families when they find out their loved one isn't going to make it home, and we don't see these families as they find ways to cope with their physically and mentally injured family member who's just returned from fighting in our uniform overseas.

    Astonishingly, we don't even see veterans groups represented on our television screens -- when talk shows debate the war on Iraq, we see former generals, and pundits, and political hacks, but the one voice that's not allowed at the table is that of the veteran or their advocate. Do they mean to tell us that during a time of war, the voices of those fighting don't have the right to have a seat at the damn table?

    Not surprising. We don't see union members or their advocates on television any more either. Or voices in defense of civil liberties or our environment. We don't see any of those types of people either. It's as if they've been secreted away by our media, never to be seen or heard from again as far as they're concerned.

    •  fyi, piece in today's sunday times (2+ / 0-)
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      ilona, greenearth

      on national guard members back from Iraq (here).  I haven't read it yet but quickly scanned it and it looks interesting.

      Also interesting is how long it's taken anyone to cover it, as you point out.

      •  Thanks, emptypockets... (0+ / 0-)

        Going to check it out right now.

      •  Excellent piece. Thank you... (1+ / 0-)
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        emptypockets

        I can't thank you enough for leading me to that NYT Magazine piece. Good work; now if we could only see more of this kind of stuff on television -- since most people get their view of the the world that way and not via print media. But, I'm happy to see this kind of stuff any where it will show up.

        THANKS as well for sharing your spot on observation with us in your diary; so happy for you to see it where it deserves to be, too: on the FP. Sorry I forgot to add those words of thanks and praise earlier. What you wrote really had me all aboil, and I just went on a rant there with my first reply, ep.

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