Amid the tributes to Senator Kennedy last week, I don't think I saw anything about this speech he delivered April 6, 1972 in response to President Richard Nixon's escalation of bombing of North Vietnam for the purpose of propping up a feeble South Vietnamese government while "training" its army -- at least until Nixon could get re-elected. Kennedy was outraged.
Today this was the Afghanistan news, according to the Associated Press.
Bodies laid out by the side of the road again. Should civilians have drawn a death sentence for scrounging in a war zone -- a 30 year war zone?
We get less of this on TV these days. Our military does its best to ensure that what we see and hear about our wars is as sanitized as they can make it.
Today AP broke the implicit rules of imperial adventuring and sent out a photo of a U.S. Marine receiving the wound that killed him in Afghanistan's Helmand Province on August 14. Secretary of Defense (War) Gates is outraged by their distributing the image. (You can see it here. It is not gory, just real.)
The Wheeling, West Virginia News-Register thinks the war in Afghanistan is necessary. But they published the photo. According to an editorial:
War is about killing. Killing for no attainable purpose except to win time to think of a purpose, or to avoid being thought weak, or to shore up one's political position, was immoral in 1972 and it is immoral now. As Kennedy knew but this country seems to have forgotten, we do not have the right, any of us ...