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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Watch Where You Step

A major reason many Americans do not oppose the many US military interventions around the world is because the mainstream media refuses to show them the reality of its consequences. Iraq is a perfect example because the damage we're causing to Iraqi civilians is immense and violent, and many of the innocent victims are children – little kids just like the ones we raise here in America.

If CNN, the New York Times and Newsweek – for example – were to publish the details of their usually gruesome deaths and painful injuries along with images of these children, more Americans might see through the patriotic filter. They might feel different about letting Dubya squirm from one justification for the invasion to the next as facts inconveniently disprove them. Seeing a baby with half of its head blown off, or a toddler missing a leg and an eye, forces you to consider how those children and their parents must feel as victims of our overwhelming military force.

But you won't see these images, for the most part. And it is not just Iraq. The UN is trying to air public service announcements about unexploded land mines that litter the world, largely thanks to the US military, but most media will not air the PSAs because they aren't pretty.

The ads portray a fictionalized account of a group of American school girls about to play soccer when an unexploded land mine rips into them. The ad asks viewers why they should feel any different if it happens in another country. Harsh? You bet, but far less harsh than for the real victims of such events.

According to the UN, there are land mines littering more than 80 nations, and they kill or injure more than 20,000 people each year, often kids.

From the MSNBC story:

"We felt that because children are victimized by the land mines more than adults, that it was important to make the parallel story as clear as possible," says Guy Barnett, creative director at Brooklyn Brothers, the New York City ad agency that produced the spot for the U.N. Mine Action Service. "We foolishly thought that people would think that the message … would be important enough to show."
Consider your consent manufactured.


Anonymous september child said...

People who want to easily learn a more accurate view of the war, and more world events in general, can view the BBC news every evening. No wonder most Brits oppose the war and hated Blair for his involvement with and the support of Bush. The BBC news isn't the all comprehensive news source one should get their news from, but it certainly beats any U.S. televised new sources.

6:27 AM

Anonymous Apian said...

Dear Colin,

Please check out the war crimes proceedings against Bush et al in the Hague, Netherlands.

Coming April 29th there'll be an official verdict in the court case where Bush et. al. again is charged with a string of crimes against humanity, 'Breach of the UN Chapter' and the Torture Convention, which by the way the Netherlands and the US have signed too.


9:06 AM


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