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    Theoria, thanks for getting at something we haven't come out and said yet (call a spade a spade). Having an image that everyone knows is shocking out on the front page is exploitation and it's interesting that both sides will probably try to exploit the image for some sort of gain. This tactic just didn't feel right somehow--I think you've gotten to what's bothering me. Anyway, if exploitation works I guess it's something to use, but let's look at it for what it is.

    Why am I so darn rational?

    by JMS on Thu Apr 01, 2004 at 01:02:36 PM PST

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    •  exploitation (4.00)
      Just printing the image is exploitation?  I don't agree.  It's news.  And yes, of course people are going to bring the images up in a political debate.  It seems to me the other option is to not show these images; thus nobody talks about them and yes, nobody uses them to try and make a point in a debate, and so we all just go merrily on our way and pretend the war isn't really hurting anybody.  I don't think politics is dirty and if the policies of our government are one of the direct causes of what happened in Fallujah then yes, we should all see the pictures and debate where we go from here.  (And no, for the benefit of LGF lurkers and whatnot, I'm not blaming America, I'm saying.. we're in there, we have to decide what we want to accomplish and how we will then get out, and we do have some influence on our government, so let's talk..)

      The right has been pushing this sort of approach on so many issues, it appears to me, and this disturbs me greatly - over and over again you hear them trying to shut down debate over an issue and not be held accountable for their actions by claiming it's sacred, it shouldn't be politicized, which is shorthand for: it shouldn't be discussed.  I've had enough.  I had a couple years of feeling shut out of the national debate because I was suspicious from the start of BushCo's approach to the war on terror, the war in Iraq, and yes, their refusal to talk about who is responsible for 9/11 and how the government failed to prevent it.  Yeah, it's going to make folks uncomfortable to really interrogate these issues but you know, for the sake of our democracy we just might have to push beyond the very narrow bounds of what is deemed acceptable discourse.

      Supporting the establishment of a cabinet-level Department of Civility.

      by daria g on Thu Apr 01, 2004 at 04:01:23 PM PST

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