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April 22, 2004

Caskets

The woman who sent a picture of American caskets from Iraq that ran in the Seattle Times (and was then spread around the Web) got fired for it. You'll recall the government and the military don't actually like us thinking about the fact the dead come home in boxes.

Fortunately The Memory Hole used the Freedom of Infomation Act to pry 360 such photos out of the military. So, no one's going to get fired for this photo:

Personally, I think everyone who has a blog, journal or Web page should take a photo from the gallery over at The Memory Hole and post it. Do this for two reasons: One, to remind yourself that our War in Iraq has a human cost, and whether you were for this war or against it (and you'll recall I was for it) this is the price we have to pay. Two, to remind the government and the military that it works for us, and we have rights and obligations, which include the right and obligation to be a witness to the cost of war.

Also, make a donation to The Memory Hole. I'll be doing that myself later today.

Update: As most of you know by now, some of the pictures in the collection are of the dead from last year's shuttle explosion. Most, however, are of the military dead. Here's a clarification from the Memory Hole.

Posted by john at April 22, 2004 08:03 AM

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