Monday, March 26, 2007

@#%&&*(@#


This is so maddening.. My grade school and junior high years were deeply affected by watching the violent images of the Vietnam War on the 6:00 news. It disgusts me that we are banned from seeing the bodies of US soldiers coming home from the Middle East. Avoiding those images makes it easier to deny the real impact of this faraway war on folks just like us. And from Time we get why US schools should teach the Bible while the rest of the world gets a cover related to the resurgence of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Insane.

10 Comments:

Anonymous tater said...

GRRRRRRRR!

March 26, 2007 5:12 PM  
Blogger rodger said...

Don't you just love the American Fascists running our media? I want a revolution!

March 26, 2007 6:21 PM  
Blogger Marshmallow said...

Whoa! I've seen those Talibanistan Time Magazines; and I knew that the American Media was watering down their coverage of the war - though this is pretty blatant of the lengths it'll go to to continually try and justify the war. o_0

March 26, 2007 7:22 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Geez, TIME magazine ain't what it used to be I guess.

March 26, 2007 9:01 PM  
Blogger Vic's Still Standing said...

This is the one thing about this war that makes it different from WWII: As a whole, we (the American people) are being asked to sacrifice very little, even a glimpse of soldiers lying dead on the battlefield or being brought home in body bags. We are living in prosperous times, and are more concerned about stalling house prices that the enormous debt we've managed to acquire.

WWII lasted four years. During that time all Americans were asked to sacrifice something (women could not wear nylons, and meat and gasoline were rationed, for example.)

This war has lasted five years, but it is played on a stage far away, both in the physical sense and in our collective conscious. For that, the Bush Adminstration ought to be ashamed of itself. Oh, it probably isn't. Their corporations and supporters are benefiting enormously from this war. Dead bodies and maimed young people are something of an inconvenience and have obviously been swept under the rug. We need to be outraged, but we are not.

That Time Magazine has bowed under military pressure to not show what is actually happening does not surprise me. Journalism ain't what it used to be, that's for sure.

March 27, 2007 8:45 AM  
Blogger Lotuslander said...

That's just so surreal. I tried to Google the Canadian edition of Time to see what they put on the cover as it's often not the same as the American issue, but couldn't find it. Teaching the Bible in schools rather than the resurgence of the Taliban? They punish homosexuality by death by crushing. And their treatment of woman is beyond barbaric.
I too grew up watching the horrorif images of the Vietnam war, and endless nightmares about it, and I'm sure it at least helped to hasten the end of the war.
Lynette, if it gets worse down there pack up your hubby and dog and move in with me. Except you have to let me sleep with your husband once a month.

March 27, 2007 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Big Fella said...

You want to see an image of the war, take a gander at this article in the LATimes: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/la-me-amputee26mar26,1,7995675.story

You may have to register to read it, but registration is free. When you display the web page with the article, you will see some photos on the left side of the page, click on the photo of Sgt Strong so it enlarges, and you see his entire body, or what is left of it.

Want to get more angry, take a gander at this: http://indefatigable-indolence.org/blog1/?p=66 and at this: http://indefatigable-indolence.org/blog1/?p=67

March 27, 2007 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Lynn@mymixedcompany.com said...

Hot Stuff, even Jesus would agree with you on this one. XOXO.

March 27, 2007 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Lacuna said...

They've done this sort of thing before - although maybe you don't even know! Wow...

Anyway, the culprit last time was Newsweek, back in September. In Europe, Asia and Latin America the headline was 'Losing Afghanistan', over an image of a Taliban fighter shouldering some kind of rocket launcher.

However, y'all got to see Annie Liebowitz shouldering an infant, under the headline, 'My life in pictures'.

Your whole media is gagged.

March 28, 2007 9:21 AM  
Blogger Lynette said...

Lacuna ~ I remember that one last fall, too. Thought Newsweek had been spanked enough that any other magazine wouldn't repeat it. Foolish thought.

Our media is gagged because it's essentially all owned by media conglomerates. It's outrageous and dangerous to the democracy we used to have before the Bush crime family took over.

March 28, 2007 9:45 AM  

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