Friday, April 23

How can a picture invade the privacy of the families of fallen soldiers?

The President insists that it is in the families' best interests that pictures of flag-draped coffins be kept from the public.

I am sorry, but how does this invade the privacy of the families? None of the soldiers are identified in these pictures. As for being insensitive to the families, I think that these pictures would add little to the already overwhelming pain and suffering they are living through.

This censorship is the Pentagon's (and this administration's) attempt to manage and sanitize the war. Flag-draped coffins are bad for Bush's "at all costs" campaign. These pictures remind us what those costs are.