Respect for our own

TheStar.com – U.S. sanitizes stain of death

I see nothing wrong with showing such photos of our war heroes on their last journey home. These photos are respectful, insightful, and patriotic. I was moved by these images, by the detail of the way in which they were laid out and managed, by the tight creases and folds of each flag that was covered each individual, and even the way the light hit the photographer’s canvass and the expression on the guards’ faces as they performed their duty. I could clearly see that the returning soldiers who had given their lives in service were being given the due and proper formal respect that they deserved, and I appreciated that.

Family privacy would apply here if you could identify the individuals, but these are flag-draped coffins – anonymity is clearly assured. Why then would the Bush Administration be so adamant about pressing the Pentagon to censor such images, claiming family privacy was at issue? Why show such disrespect and contempt towards our war heroes by trying to hide their homecoming and then make up some B.S. story that this is a privacy issue? Is this something the Bush Administration is not proud of? Or afraid of? These heroes should not be swept under the carpet so quickly by this administration – they should be given public recognition and public dignity on this solemn and noble occasion. It seems to me entirely disrespectful to try and prevent such photos from being shown, both to the soldiers who selflessly gave their lives in the service of this nation, and to the American public that deserves to see with their own eyes what the real cost of war is and to not receive some candy-coated rosy tale of war completely devoid of real consequence. We need to see this stuff, and we need leadership in this country that isn’t afraid to show it.