Saturday, November 19, 2005

This Is The Cost

A new visitor to Hooterville, Klem from Wiltshire, passed along this link to an interactive photo essay by a photojournalist named Paul Fusco. It shows military families at the funerals of our soldiers killed in Iraq, which receive no media coverage. If we are not aware of the cost in not only dollars and cents, but blood and tears, it's easier to perpertrate this atrocity. He speaks about the families "cringing when they are given the American flag - there's no glory in it. They know that. They've been given a rag for their husband's life - for lies." Our soldiers are honorable. The chickenhawks who sent them to their deaths for their own enrichment and power are not.

When you click the link, go to the essay titled "Bitter Fruit". This needs to be seen and talked about. He also has a webpage for the essay.


Anonymous said...

I've seen it - it’s very troubling, isn't it? Reminds me of a movie by Coppola called 'Garden's of Stone'. I really wonder why the professional media never airs stories on our dead and maimed? I was a kid during Vietnam, and missed some of the larger themes I am sure, but death was on the news every damn day - from Buddhists setting themselves on fire in protest, to actual footage from in-country battles - we saw everything. Including the bodies coming home.

Today's media seem to be harboring this administration; even someone like Bob Woodward ends up shilling for them. I am at a complete loss for words over the whole thing.

Yoga Korunta said...

Shed my family's blood so Iraqis can vote? No.

Chimperor doesn't understand that democracy evolved from earlier political systems. It was adopted only when it enjoyed popular support.

Alicia Morgan said...

I remember that, too, FLS. Growing up in the Vietnam era - the first 'televised war' - we had a media, and that made a difference.

YK - that is so well put.

Mike M said...

"the Vietnam era - the first 'televised war' - we had a media, and that made a difference" - Oh, so that's why we lost... I was wondering about that.

Alicia Morgan said...

Please tune in next week for another episode of "Out Of Context Theatre"!