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Saturday, August 06, 2005

Pentagon forced to show coffin pictures

So , now, that he lawsuit is over, can anyone explain to me what purpose showing pictures of the coffins of american dead in Iraq will serve?


At 8/06/2005 11:27:00 AM, Blogger NBS said...

the importance to the anti-war crowd is high, the public actually seeing the coffins in large groups kind of puts something human to the increasing death toll which most people would just see it as a number. it is important for some people to see these images because they believe that it shows that the goverment doesnt care about the dead soliders life by sending them to another country to fight no one they know

At 8/06/2005 11:32:00 AM, Blogger The Sandmonkey said...

So basically they are to be used by cynical anti-war types for Propaganda purposes to get more people to be against the war?

Wow, and they are the ones who care about those who died?


At 8/06/2005 11:59:00 AM, Anonymous Adam said...

Right, because only "useful" speech should be allowed.

At 8/06/2005 12:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course they don't care about the dead, Sam. They have been trying to bring back the Vietnam equation since the beginning. They think this helps. Think body bags. They didn't care who was in those either.

At 8/06/2005 04:11:00 PM, Anonymous Tina said...

It's a holdover from the Vietnam war, they figure it worked for them once, it'll work for them again. The leftists have been trying desperately to recapture their youth and make themselves feel relevant. They figure parading photos of dead Americans will do the trick for them.

It won't work.

At 8/07/2005 10:21:00 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Showing the coffins provides some important imagery for the anti-war crowd. Because, despite the fact that most Americans feel that the war in Iraq is not going well (including me), these has been the least bloody war America has ever been involved in.

Ever heard of Tarawa? Most people haven't. It was a WWII battle that lasted 4 days, on a series of coral atolls in the pacific.

3000 US Marines killed.

Of the 4700 Japanese defenders, only 17 survived.


Oh, but that wasn't guerrilla war, so it's not an appropriate comparison, right? Well, at current casulty rates, it will take another 98 years to reach the 60,000 Americans killed in Vietnam!

I don't think the war is going well. But that's because I don't think our objectives in Iraq are being met, not because the war has been extraordinarily costly.

So, yes, SM... you are exactly right :)


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