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Friday, 20 October 2006 06:10

Media Must Provide Gruesome Iraq Reality if Bush Won't. War will Continue as Long as we are "Numb to Iraq Troop Deaths"

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A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS

Black smoke billows out of the shattered truck, still engulfed in raging fires. Bodies lie strewn about in pieces, many of which are unrecognizable. Fresh, dark blood pools into the nearby gutter, and screams of pain and loss howl unbearably.

Unable to watch, unable to turn away, no one viewing the aftermath of the car bombing is left with any tolerance for war.

Such scenes are regular occurrences in the news broadcasts of most foreign countries, where people are almost unanimously opposed to the war. In America, meanwhile, viewers typically see only stock footage of Marines patrolling next to their Humvees, a number summarizing that day's losses, and, at worst, a clip of twisted metal, flames long since extinguished.

It should be little wonder why "experts" are saying Americans are "numb to Iraq Troop deaths," according to a Reuters article today. Consider this excerpt:

Yahya Kamalipour, head of the communications department at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, said that if the media showed footage of the actual U.S. military deaths in Iraq then it would reduce some of the public numbness.
"Whether we are talking about the U.S. casualties, Iraqi casualties, or Afghanis. We are not thinking of them, whoever they are, as people -- they are faceless, they are just simply numbers and that is troublesome," he said.

As Stalin supposedly noted, one death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.

It is true that most Americans rightfully have unfavorable views about Iraq and Bush's handling of it despite our relatively sugarcoated news. But given the devastating realities of the death and destruction Bush has caused, too many people are not doing enough to stop it.

Most Americans won't even bother voting this November.

How many more soldiers, reporters, and politicians will it take to return from the war zone, shaken, telling us of the desperate need to change course? How many lives must be ruined before complete outrage is shared by all Americans?

Most people have some idea of the events unfolding on the other side of the world. They know people are dying senselessly- it just doesn't mean enough to them.

That is why we still have Bush and his cronies, but not an exit strategy.

A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS