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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

face to face with Iraq

A CNN segment yesterday featured Cindy Sheehan, founder of Gold Star Mothers for Peace, followed by a debate between two mothers of sons killed in Iraq. It was startling.

There was something about the 'realness' of the moms, Cindy included, versus the 'fakeness' of the morning show talking heads that was disturbing and sad. How, when the female moderator asked the mom who was supporting Sheehan to answer a question...the mom replied, faintly, that her son had died just two weeks ago.

CNN attempted to turn the presence of these three moms who had lost children in Iraq into a morning show 'political debate'....a 'tennis match' with a split screen and 'tough questions.'

But one byproduct of the the Cindy Sheehan story is that America is, for the first time, coming face to face with the very real grief and loss of so many families...grief that has been officially hidden by our government and neglected by our press.

We see something in the faces of these grieving mothers, in their words and how they talk about this war that, whatever their views, is real and profound....there's a sense of loss and sadness that cannot be hidden, or sanitized, or glossed over by a morning TV show.

When they say "Iraq" it means where their child died.

1 Comments:

  • It's startling when the voice of truth cuts through the crap and lays us out...especially when it's on T-fucking-V.

    Kid, I could be wrong, but I think the tide is turning. I just hope it's not too late.

    By Blogger NYBri, at 9:36 PM  

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