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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-04 12:39 PM
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2. Distant death
There was an article on NPR yesterday about BD from Doonesbury getting his leg shot off. The commentator noted that all these other deaths and injuries meant little to him because they did not directly effect him. BD, a cartoon character, did effect him. He knew BD. BD was part of his life.

Politicians learned a lesson from Vietnam. The daily reading of deaths, injuries, and wounded took its toll on the people. Where personal aquaintence was absent the overwhelming awareness of the pain took hold. Bush and Co have squelched the flow of such readings as best they could. Some of the deaths come across on a daily basis, but none of the wounded numbers and those that die in hospitals or in transit are lost to us. The people do not feel the burden of that which they are responsible for. And by allowing George and Co to have their way with Iraq we are responsible for every limb lost and every life ended.
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  -God, every news network, right now, Goldom  Apr-23-04 12:34 PM   #0 
  - They are clueless.  bloom   Apr-23-04 12:37 PM   #1 
  - No, they are not clueless...  rustydog   Apr-23-04 02:39 PM   #34 
  - Distant death  Az   Apr-23-04 12:39 PM   #2 
  - How ironic  ewagner   Apr-23-04 12:40 PM   #3 
  - "Is our attention span really that short?" - in a word - yes  ConcernedCanuk   Apr-23-04 12:44 PM   #4 
  - the coffins story is not being deflected  nostamj   Apr-23-04 01:20 PM   #19 
  - Yes. Yes. Stalin would have understood Imperial Amerika today  tom_paine   Apr-23-04 01:44 PM   #26 
  - Media  rkc3   Apr-23-04 12:45 PM   #5 
  - It's because Americans subconsciously know...  slavkomae   Apr-23-04 12:45 PM   #6 
  - It's just like Bobos in Paradise  bloom   Apr-23-04 12:51 PM   #10 
     - That's a pretty good formula,  slavkomae   Apr-23-04 01:47 PM   #27 
        - yes - if you don't have much, it doesn't work...  bloom   Apr-23-04 02:12 PM   #29 
           - Great points.  slavkomae   Apr-23-04 02:45 PM   #35 
  - any attention to someone people know is good  NewHampster   Apr-23-04 12:47 PM   #7 
  - Those other Americans were not rich! They didn't turn down a 3.6 Mil deal  ChavezSpeakstheTruth   Apr-23-04 12:47 PM   #8 
  - Hell, at least they are paying attention to A death  ComerPerro   Apr-23-04 12:48 PM   #9 
  - I hope so too  Catt03   Apr-23-04 02:36 PM   #32 
  - All about millionaires.  Buzzz   Apr-23-04 12:51 PM   #11 
  - I understand, but disagree  jobycom   Apr-23-04 12:58 PM   #16 
     - None are acceptable.  Buzzz   Apr-23-04 01:28 PM   #21 
     - So far, they've all had a choice  jobycom   Apr-23-04 01:38 PM   #22 
        - Want vs. need.  Buzzz   Apr-23-04 01:52 PM   #28 
           - I hear you, but it's still a choice.  jobycom   Apr-23-04 02:25 PM   #30 
     - Thanks for your post  Catt03   Apr-23-04 02:31 PM   #31 
  - Let the extravaganza begin.  Old and In the Way   Apr-23-04 12:51 PM   #12 
  - To be coldly political right now...  jobycom   Apr-23-04 12:52 PM   #13 
  - oh, they'll exploit it all right  ann_coulter_is_a_man   Apr-23-04 12:57 PM   #15 
  - He also has an image outside of Rove's control-- it could backfire  jobycom   Apr-23-04 01:41 PM   #23 
  - I think it's more likely to get more people worked up into more  bloom   Apr-23-04 12:58 PM   #17 
     - Some it will. Just as it proves to us further that we are right. But some  jobycom   Apr-23-04 01:43 PM   #25 
  - this man didnt want the news  seabeyond   Apr-23-04 12:53 PM   #14 
  - Thank you, Pat Tillman.  prayforsane   Apr-23-04 01:18 PM   #18 
  - Hey, at least Americans can be reminded..  SeveneightyWhoa   Apr-23-04 01:27 PM   #20 
  - same thoughts  Insider   Apr-23-04 03:07 PM   #38 
  - Imperial Amerika is a nation about special privilege and aristocracy  tom_paine   Apr-23-04 01:42 PM   #24 
  - What offensive crap  Muddleoftheroad   Apr-23-04 02:36 PM   #33 
  - Unfortunately, he SWALLOWED the lies and believed them. Now  LittleApple81   Apr-23-04 02:46 PM   #36 
     - I agree  Catt03   Apr-23-04 02:55 PM   #37 
     - The war on Afghanistan was legit  Muddleoftheroad   Apr-23-04 04:11 PM   #40 
        - how was the war in afganistan legitimate?  treepig   Apr-23-04 05:11 PM   #42 
        - I agree Tillman was a hero & the Afghan Invasion a legit response to 9-11  tom_paine   Apr-23-04 05:14 PM   #43 
  - Cleverly transferring the Fallen Hero of Afghan to the faceless of Iraq  JohnOneillsMemory   Apr-23-04 04:43 PM   #41 
  - I know.........  onecitzenBtrayed   Apr-23-04 03:12 PM   #39 
  - one good thing...  kateliz   Apr-23-04 05:23 PM   #44 

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