Iraq: The Great Unseen Moral Travesty of our Time

I thought Bill Moyers' "Buying the War" was a significant and sorely needed exposé on the U.S. media's failure to perform its most basic duty -- to report the truth -- in the months before the Iraq war.

But did their failures end when the first bombs were unleashed in Baghdad?

We subsist on a steady diet of infotainment news, with cursory war coverage consisting of sanitized images that betray the true human cost of the occupation to "them" as well as "us".

Estimates of the Iraqi war dead range from 64,000 to over 655,000.  We do not see them on our televisions, or read about THEIR stories, THEIR sacrifices, THEIR tragedies, THEIR hopes and dashed dreams.

Having heard words like honor, sacrifice, valor and heroism used this past Memorial Day to describe our fallen soldiers, let us also take a moment to consider the interconnectedness of all human life and remember the innocents mourned by the Iraqi people.  Please continue...

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Flags On Veterans Graves Burned And Replaced With Swastikas

A story out of Orcas Island, Washington tonight.
Vandals burned dozens of small American flags that decorated veterans' graves for Memorial Day and replaced many of them with hand-drawn swastikas, authorities said Monday. Forty-six flags were burned completely and another 33 were found in charred tatters Sunday in the cemetery, authorities said. Swastikas drawn on paper appeared where 14 of the flags had been. Members of the American Legion on this island off Washington's northwest coast replaced the burned flags with new ones Sunday afternoon. The vandals repeated the stunt on Memorial Day after a guard left at dawn, the San Juan County sheriff's office said. This time, the vandals left 33 of the hand-drawn swastikas.

One Nation, One Moment, One Action

NOTE: The initial inspiration for Jerry McNerney to advocate this action was a Daily Kos diary titled "Will he still love me?" by testvet6778; this is also cross-posted on Calitics... - Eden w/ McNerney for Congress

Today is Memorial Day, a time to recognize and honor the men and women who have given their lives in service to our nation for over two centuries, from the American Revolution to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

While this day is always a solemn national event, I know many Americans are feeling a profound sense of pain on this particular Memorial Day. The thoughts and feelings you have expressed to me about how to support our troops in this time of war -- in-person at my "Congress At Your Corner" events, by phone, through email, or in the hundreds of comments on my blog -- is a reflection of that deep sentiment.

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A Soldier's thoughts on Memorial Day.

Crossposted at MichiganLiberal

Hello everybody.  Today is Memorial Day.  The holiday in which America is supposed to remember those that died in wars past and present.

I'm realistic enough to know that that won't happen for most people.  Most Americans will enjoy it as a 3-day weekend in which they will use their time to pull out a grill, have a block party, and rest on a day they would otherwise be working.

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It's Memorial Day, have a hot dog.

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane& My Left Wing

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