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America the Beautiful , or America the Bully?
5/3/2004 4:47:16 PM

We need to get out of Iraq, yesterday.
I'm sure we all have close or distant family members in the armed forces. Friends, neighbors, this touches all of us.

Our nation is making more enemies than friends, and I say "help feed the children of the United States FIRST, and then the rest of the world when we start taking care of our own.

Our current President, King George Bush, just said on the tv (just heard it) that a war in Iraq will make America safer. That was minutes after I read the following article from Australia. (American Newspapers hold back too much of the truth, which is why Kenny and I do not subscribe to them.),5478,9441783%255E1702,00.html

You can't tell me that we aren't bombing them because of OUR freedom being at stake. Ask a laid off worker how safe they feel right now.

Indiana votes in primary elections May 4. Whenever your day is to vote, remember, that's the last station of freedom where the United States of America isn't peeking over our shoulders (yet).

So for goodness sake, VOTE!!! Melbourne City, MC, Australia story below,



Dead troops images stir debate

From correspondents in New York


THE United States has marked its worst month in Iraq with the "Faces of the Fallen" - pictures of all US soldiers who have been killed in the country splashed across newspapers and television screens.

ABC television's Nightline news anchor, Ted Koppel, read late yesterday the names of 721 troops killed in Iraq, with photos of each of the dead men and women displayed on the screen.

The program initially planned to read only the names of those who had been killed in combat.

But the plan was changed to include all of the casualties after the father of a young man who died in a traffic accident in Iraq called ABC News and asked why his son was not worthy of being mentioned.

Koppel said the program could not obtain the names of 16 US military killed in the country.

A year ago, President George W Bush declared the end of "major combat operations", but the US-led coalition has faced fierce fighting in both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslim regions around Iraq.

Snapshots of US soldiers killed in April filled the front page of USA Today, the only national US newspaper, with the bold-letter headline: "Iraq's deadliest month".

By Thursday, 134 troops had died in Iraq in April, the newspaper said.

At least two more were reported dead on the final day of the month.

The photos show smiling black, white, Hispanic and Asian men and women, some looking stoic in marine caps.

Inside, the newspaper described where the troops were killed.

Frances Mabry, USA Today wrote, remembered her grandson Christopher Mabry, 19, telling her: "It's getting ugly over there. Ten were killed today." Her grandson was killed the next day.

Newsday, a New York tabloid, called April "the cruellest month" with a picture of a coffin being carried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington.

The Washington Post used three pages to feature nearly 150 "Faces of the Fallen" killed since March this year. The pictures, the Post said, came from family members, news agencies and local newspapers, because the US military does not release photos of dead soldiers.

Controversy has swirled around the publication of photographs of dead soldiers in the US media.

Since the 1991 Gulf war, the Pentagon has barred media from taking pictures of troop coffins being returned to the United States.

"The sensitivity and privacy of families of the fallen must be the first priority," White House spokesman Trent Duffy said.

But a website, through the country's Freedom of Information Act, obtained photos of coffins draped with the US flag inside a cargo plane. Its pictures were widely featured by US newspapers.

"Considering that no individual identification is visible in the pictures, it is hard to understand the justification for clamping the secrecy lid on the solemn procession of flag-draped coffins being carried off the cargo planes," radio commentator Daniel Schorr wrote in The Christian Science Monitor.

The latest controversy involved Nightline.

A company that owns 62 local stations refused to air the show on eight of them.

"Despite the denials by a spokeswoman for the show, the action appears to be motivated by a political agenda designed to undermine the efforts of the United States in Iraq," the Sinclair Broadcast Group said in a statement.

The eight stations are in areas including St Louis, Missouri; Columbus, Ohio; and Pensacola and Tallahassee, Florida.

Koppel, a respected journalist, insisted it was not an anti-war program.

In a statement, Nightline described the show as "an expression of respect which simply seeks to honour those who have laid down their lives for this country".

Influential Republican senator John McCain, a Vietnam war veteran, blasted Sinclair's decision to cancel the show, saying in a letter to president David Smith the group's action was "deeply offensive" and "unpatriotic".

"Your decision to deny your viewers an opportunity to be reminded of war's terrible costs, in all their heartbreaking detail, is a gross disservice to the public, and to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces," McCain wrote.

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