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Arab News Editorial - Realities of War(3 posts)

Arab News Editorial - Realities of Warczardonic
Mar 27, 2003 1:19 PM

While the images of POWs and casualties are indeed disturbing, I can't quite figure out why anyone is shocked by them. Nor, for that matter, do I understand the blatant self-censorship of the American media. I guess they don't want anyone to be offended by the war.
Gee....I don't know....maybe it'sChiFlyer
Mar 27, 2003 1:48 PM
You know...while it is not something I am proud of, I have seen enough people who died by means of violence, both in the service and 11 years as a police officer in a major city, where I am fairly well shielded against it. It really doesn't bother me much anymore, but it DOES still some.

Still, my son is over there, as are some friends of mine...I don't think I would want to see them brought to me courtesy of TV, laying in a morgue, shot in the head, or anywhere else for that matter. (I am being kind here with the visuals, believe me, I have seen things you don't want to even think about in a nightmare, as I am sure many vets have).

Now, can you imagine the impact that may have on someone who has never had the unfortunate experience of having been exposed to that sort of thing before? Especially if it was their son or daughter or friend? I for one am glad the media here is sparing those families that sort of horror. Now I know the "well maybe if people saw that, there wouldn't be any war" statement is going to be made. Hmmm hasn't worked in thousands of years of civilization...don't know why that would change now. Maybe in the future, who knows.
I don't think anyone <i>want's</i> to see it. . .czardonic
Mar 27, 2003 3:19 PM
. . .but there seem to be many who would prefer it isn't reported at all.

As for the "well maybe if people saw that, there wouldn't be any war" statement, isn't it said that opposition to the Vietnam War was fostered by media coverage?