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why do folks need to see a casket in the first place to remind them that another life has been lost when its in the media outlets?

We see no caskets in the media, and only occasionally on the obit page, we see a photo of a soldier who gave his/her life. But unless you read the obit page, you'll never see it. And if we don't see it, we don't think about it. How is that honoring anyone?

It's all political sleight of hand. We are distracted into thinking about everything else but the war. We are not taxed to pay for it, so we don't pay attention. We don't see the faces of the dead, so we don't humanize them... they exist collectively as a number we hear about every once in a while. Only now when the war costs are beginning to come out in terms of our deficit and projections of what it will cost going forward, are people starting to pay attention and get uneasy.

The truth is we are a caring nation and we mourn our heros. If the paper would put photos of the newly fallen on the front pages of every paper... or photos of their caskets being unloaded at the base ports... we would be more engaged with the war monologue in this country... which is finally becoming a dialogue.

I was very young when I lost my brother in Vietnam. Another waste of a life for political reasons. At the very least, we should be allowed to put a face on our heros instead of sweeping them and their sacrifice under the rug. Their invisibily while we go about our lives is a disgrace.

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