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Secretary Gates Offended by Photo of Dying Marine

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In an all too rare and inexplicable moment of journalistic responsibility and integrity, an American press agency finally somehow mustered the courage to release a photo illustrative of the historical atrocity being committed in Afghanistan, that portrayed one of our marines who had suffered a mortal leg injury on the field of battle.

Secretary Gates had this to say about the media decision to show the subject picture:

"Your lack of compassion and common sense in choosing to put this image of their (the parents') maimed and stricken child on the front page of multiple American newspapers is appalling."

Yes, one supposes the press should have lied by omission, or should have continued to whitewash the deaths of 6,000 of our"child" soldiers in the War of Lies, not to speak of the slaughter of over a million indigenous people. And also to be patriotically suppressed, one supposes, isSecretary Gates' role in upping the stakes and the death toll in Afghanistan.

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Shush, you dissidents -- cannot you measure up to the mettle of the "good Germans" of the late Thirties and early Forties?

Perhaps we all should now choose one or the other: (A) No more such pictures, or (B) No more such treachery and slaughter.

After personally opting for (B) I would also have supported a response to Secretary Gates somewhat as follows: "Your lack of compassion and common sense in choosing to put hundreds of thousands of our children in harm's way to maim a million others and their children is appalling, and you must stop this now!"

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I am uncertain, however, of what support I would enjoy among my fellow citizens in such an initiative, and that, my friends, is the stuff at the root of all this treachery.

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