Wednesday, May 05, 2004

A small reminder

Of why it's not possible to simply walk away and quit. Too many good people have died. Too many lives have been torn. This is not Ted Koppel trying to do for the U.S. in Iraq what "Life" magazine did for the U.S. in Vietnam in the 1960s. These are not sneaky photos of caskets at Dover. These pictures are from news wires. Some families whose loved ones died in Iraq have chosen to open their grief to us. They have allowed press photographers at the funerals. We owe it to them to look, to swallow hard, to remember, and to work harder to do this job right.

(But another type of mind looks at these pictures, and gloats, and thinks:

I'm sorry, but the majority of Americans supported this war once it began and, sadly, that majority must now sacrifice their children until enough blood has been let that maybe -- just maybe -- God and the Iraqi people will forgive us in the end. -- Michael Moore)