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  •  Exactly right. (none)
    "For Americans not directly involved in a war (even Bush's War), war is an abstraction. We have become so desensitized to it thanks to Hollywood, video games and the nightly news."

    And that, I would bet, is the reason for the ban on photos of flag-draped caskets:  because suddenly when we see those, war stops being a video game and becomes about death.  The ultimate taboo in this society is the acknowledgement, contemplation, or acceptance of death; and that's the thing that war is sure to produce.  So our wars are denials of reality, or are predicated on that denial.

    Thank you for an excellent piece, Kos.  I agree with the person who said above that it is good to let go of the immense anger and allow ourselves to grieve.

    Welcome back.

    "Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat." (Mark Twain)

    by cinnamondog on Mon May 10, 2004 at 04:08:34 PM PDT

    •  Images (none)
      It's amazing how images provoke so much in us.  Kos's picture of peace and remembrance and the torture pictures coming out of Iraq now merge the past and the present in accord.  

      Learning is not compulsory ... neither is survival. (W. Edwards Deming)

      by banjon on Mon May 10, 2004 at 06:12:25 PM PDT

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