did ted koppel ever have any shame, or did he just lose it recently?

stations are pulling the planned "nightline" episode in which, for forty minutes, ted koppel will read a list of those killed in iraq, and show a picture of each one. now normally, i would be for recognizing the sacrifices made by troops in iraq, when done in such a way as to show how much these people sacrificed to do the right thing. i don't think that the human cost of this should be overlooked, or ignored, or glossed over, i know men and women that were much better human beings than i that died there.

but using the dead in this way, with no context or anything except names and a photograph, presents the idea that these people died for nothing, for no reason. they co-opt the deaths of hundreds of americans and turn it into a disgusting effort to turn the public against the war, when turning the public against the war is one of the most surefire ways to cause more deaths in iraq. these people don't care about the dead and wounded in iraq, all they care about is their agenda of appeasment and defeating george bush.

short of actually flying ted koppel to iraq so he can personally shoot a few soldiers himself to help the death toll along this is probably the most obscene way they could go about doing it.


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"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us.

ace o spades hq
bargain-basement allahpundit
a small victory
army of mom
babalu blog
beautiful atrocities
being american in t o
belmont club
blame bush!
castle argghhh!
citizen smash
the command post
common sense runs wild
curmudgeonly & skeptical, r
curmudgeonly & skeptical, pg-13
dean's world
drill sergeant rob
exit zero
enjoy every sandwich
feisty repartee
fistful of fortnights
free will
four right wing wacos
ghost of a flea
half the sins of mankind
the hatemonger's quarterly
hog on ice
house of plum
id's cage
ilyka damen
incoherant ramblings
in dc journal
the jawa report
knowledge is power
lileks bleat
the llama butchers
memento moron
the mudville gazette
naked villainy
nerf-coated world
those damned pajama people
professor chaos
professor shade
the protocols of the yuppies of zion
protein wisdom
the queen of all evil
seven inches of sense
shinobi, who is a f'n numbers ninja, yo
tall dark and mathteriouth
the nose on your face
the thearapist
this is class warfare
texas best grok
tim worstall
way off bass

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