The 'teaser boxes' reflect greater outcry over casualties


Published: Monday, January 3, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 11:47 p.m.
Bill Pepper's Dec. 29 letter regarding the seemingly small amount of U.S. soldiers dead in Iraq brings out a most wonderful point. In the brief time of 150 years, the level of public outcry with respect to historically acceptable war casualties is definitely going in the right direction.
Granted, some of the wars that Pepper referred to were undeniably more morally defensible than others. This will always be the case, as only history can judge.
But still, the seemingly minimal amount of dead and the extent to which the media cover it gives me solace in the fact that maybe in another 100 years or so, a mere dozen soldiers' deaths will bring out the most horrified media and public outcry, if only to re-examine the determining event itself.
How can this be so bad? So bring on the "teaser boxes," as Pepper puts it.
Put them on TV, in newspapers, in magazines, everywhere people can see them. That's why the press is there. It's their job.
How could anyone, with any conscience, want it differently?
Ken Hawes, Newberry

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