The Right Coast

April 06, 2004
Anti-war war memorial
By Tom Smith

Does anybody else find those journalistic war memorials (like this one at the Washington Post) a bit offensive? Given the anti-war tenor of the paper's coverage, it's hard to avoid the conclusion the war "memorial" is really an anti-war gesture, meant to remind us of the cost of the war. Yet, I would bet most of the soldiers, sailors and marines killed would have professed the worthiness of their cause, right up to the moment they were killed. So to me it seems like the Post is using their deaths for a purpose they would resent, under the hypocritical cloak of patriotism. The Lehrer New Hour does the same thing. If one of my family members was among the fallen, I think I would resent it bitterly.