posted on Apr, 30 2004 @ 05:30 AM
As a carer journalist, i can say for sure that we are in a "ratings period" and am not suprized that in my opinion a sensationalized piece like this
would be put out.
They can say its a tribute, but it negates the service of the fallen in afganistan...i say reccognise ALL of our fallen warriors from this past
year...or your story begs questions.
"I want Americans to feel guilty, uncomfortable, and offended, because thats what they need. They need to see war has a FACE"
I know war has a face and consequences...I understand the gravity of this situation...
BUT, i will not dishonor our brave VOLUNTEER warriors by feeling the way Skadi suggests....
I will feel sorrow at their sacrifice, and for their families..
but i will not say they were thrown away...
weather they fully agreed with the "CAUSE" they were fighting for, they HONORED themselves by fufilling their sworn duty by carrying out their
orders. They went and represented ALL of us other citizens who can not or would not be willing to do the same. (for whatever reason) They have shown
that some people are indeed still willing to sacrifice up to and including their lives for the bennifit of their countries interests and the interests
of other peoples. (weather you think the iraqi's/afgans deserve or "can handle" the opportunity were trying to help them achieve) I am humbled by
and grateful for people like them.
IS THIS STUPID #ING WAR WORTH IT???????????
(legitimate question) Yes it is worth it for many reasons.
ARE THE IRAQIS WHO PRETTY MUCH HAVE BEEN KILLING EACH OTHER FOR AGES, CAPABLE OF DEMOCRACY? CAPABLE OF A REPUBLIC? CAPABLE OF FEUDALISM?
(reasonable but baiting) With help, certantly they are as capable to learn as any other humans.
Are these dead soldiers lives worth setting up democracy in a country that more than likely will revert to some sort of tryanny?
(speculative begging the answer she'd like you to get)
Yes, if they squander a gift or help, its not the givers fault, its theirs...the act of giving (especially ones life) to try and help is NOBLE
Is my SUV really necessary that I am willing to let someone elses kids die so my gas will be cheap and I can drive that abomination wherever I see
(inflamitory, speculative, pre judgmental and attempting to link quasi related ideas to again beg an answer she would like you to draw...IE not an
define nessisary... the only link to fuel prices ive seen is that ITS COSTING MORE!
I feel that the news should not be sugar coated and showing of the bodies is fine but potentially distasteful for several reason....(sensationalism,
and i feel journalistically unethical to use images of fallen soldiers to support or suggest any political adgenda, even one cloaked as a
memorial....if this was the case, where are the fallen from afganistan? this is a multi front war, not iraq exclusive....IE ALL SOLDIERS COUNT!)
Generally speaking, at legitimate news agencies bodies are NOT shown unless there is a compelling need, which is almost never present.
It appears that both skadi and colonel would support showing the bodies to support their political, anti-war stance....whos repugnant there?