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May 28, 2008

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Ah yes, I've noticed about the coverage and really, it's outrageous. That is, if you think, as I do, that it's an illegal and immoral war. I guess I don't think that's what most Americans think. If they did, I suspect it would be more of a story. What seems to get people's attention is when a lot more young (American) men and women are dying than has been the case since the US counterinsurgency, euphemistically known as "the surge". Loss of a critical mass of bodies. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Bush administration doesn't allow photos of soldiers in coffins and so forth. The death and dying is very far away. And so the war is very far away. No one asks what's going on, no one wants to tell them. Granted, reporting from Iraq is dangerous. You can't imagine how dangerous it was to report from the front during WW II. I don't think that's why the stories languish in bits on the back pages. The Iraq war just isn't affecting very many Americans very much. Tragically, it's just not news.
God, I've really depressed myself now!

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