I think it’s the lack of coverage these deaths receive that shocks me the most. I mean, I understand the horrible realities of war. I understand that people die. I just don’t understand why we as a nation don’t care. I mean, why aren’t we outraged that photographers are banned from taking pictures of the military coffins?
Are we really that easily distracted? Is it really “if we don’t see it, it doesn’t exist?” I shudder to think so. Yet, what was the big news in the last week? Bush’s farewell tour of Europe, where he did fun things like shoot hoops with kids:
Meanwhile these soldiers died this week, while the press continues to fawn over the recently departed Tim Russert:
as well as six others, names not yet released.
Of Dwayne Kelley, NewsDay.com reports:
NEWARK, N.J. – A decorated New Jersey state trooper was killed in Iraq while serving on his third tour of duty as an Army reservist, state police announced Wednesday.
Detective Sgt. 1st Class Dwayne Kelley, an Army major, died in the bombing of a Baghdad district council building on Tuesday, state police Capt. Al Della Fave said. Kelley, who spoke Arabic and served in the state police counterterrorism unit, had volunteered for his latest tour, which began in November, Della Fave said.
“He touched many lives throughout the law enforcement and military communities, and he will be deeply missed by us all,” said Col. Joseph R. Fuentes, state police superintendent.
h/t to Mock, Paper, Scissors for the Bush photo