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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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