Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Bringing Casualties Back from the War

The Miami Herald on the Bush Administration’s policy of forbidding media coverage of the return of bodies from Iraq:

If the purpose of the policy, as some critics have said, is to avoid ”embarrassing” the president by concealing the ugly side of the war, that is just one more reason to ditch the policy. The good-news/bad-news filter through which the administration sees the war shouldn’t deny Americans the right to witness what happens at Dover. In an era of wide-scale reserve call-ups, moreover, these dead men and women coming home are all our sons and daughters, or at least our friends and neighbors. We all have the right to see, and to grieve.

“But if I close my eyes, no one can see me.”