Counting Coffins

by Ryan on February 26, 2009

in Media Bias,Politics,The Iraq Front,War on Terror

For 18 years the Pentagon has forbid the publication of photos of American soldiers KIA (Killed in Action).  In 1991, Bush 41 put the ban in place.  Now, the Pentagon is lifting that ban.

What’s the big deal?  Back in Vietnam, the press liked to use the many flag-draped coffins coming off of ships to reinforce their anti-war opinions.  It was bad for troop morale, it was not respectful to the families of the fallen, and when used for political purposes as it clearly was by 1970, it’s down-right immoral.  No one likes war, but some see that it is occasionally necessary to preserve the interests of the state, our freedoms, and our way of life against those who know nothing else but brute force.  If you don’t agree with a war, vote for the other guy.  We obviously did vote for the other guy last year and the 18 year policy is being overturned by Robert Gates at the Pentagon, with an exception for the wishes of the family.

This is Vietnam-style politicization of war rearing its ugly head again.  It brings the reality of war home without any context – just spurning grief and outrage over the sad images.  There can be no other reason for lifting this ban than to give fodder to anti-war appeasement types who’d rather acquiesce to the world’s troubles than confront them, counting coffins with moral indignation while planting the seeds of inaction and dissent the next time war becomes inevitable.

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