Politics

Crude Exploitation of Troop Deaths

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I shouldn’t link to this image because it is exploitative. But I do so anyway because I have a need to chastise those who created it and are using it for political gain.

The image (which I will not reproduce here) is made up of the photographs of the 4,000 American troops lost in Iraq. Those photographs have been digitally manipulated to create a mosaic featuring John McCain and George W. Bush smiling. The obvious message: these two men are to blame for these deaths and they take joy in it.

To turn the sacrifice of 4,000 Americans into a crude political statement is deplorable. I have no problem with those who wish to discuss and/or criticize the war in relation to the 4,000 we’ve lost but I take great umbrage with those who would manipulate those 4,000 lives and exploit their deaths just to paint their political opponents as demons. Some might find the image poignant. I find it reprehensible.