Sad truths

Lara Logan is difficult to look away from; she speaks truth about the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

On The Daily Show this week, the CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent talked about the U.S. public’s complacency with the wars. She said she doesn’t follow American media, but she should have made an exception with Wednesday’s New York Times.

The newspaper showed the realities of war in a story about at least 51 dead in a blast in Baghdad.

“Bystanders climbed onto rooftops 20 to 30 yards away to gather flesh strewn by the force of the blast. Iraqi policemen stacked bodies several feet high in a pickup truck, but some fell out of the truckbed when they drove away. Others rushed to the street to drape the bodies with sheets.

“At the hospital morgue, victims were placed in two rooms: one for bodies that were recognizable and could be examined by relatives, and one for charred and unidentifiable remains.

“Outside the morgue, one man was stopped by three others who asked him if he had seen one of their relatives. ‘I’m sure he’s all right,’ the man said. After the three men rushed off, the man revealed that he had seen the body of their relatives cut in half by the blast. ‘I couldn’t tell them the truth,’ he explained.”

I’ve subscribed to the the Times for nearly two years, and this is the most graphic story I’ve read there.

Logan talked about how more American soldiers died in Afghanistan than Iraq last month. That was surprising and proved that that war is the forgotten one — but not by much. Americans hide from the truth about war. Gas prices are more telling about ill-fated feelings.

I don’t want to quote news stories, but the Times’ piece was especially pertinent with the talk of the war supposedly dissipating. It’s simply ebbed; secretion segregation is the reason.



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