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Friday, August 05, 2005

Cognitive Dissonance

I find myself contemplating this everyday:
There is a seemingly passive acceptance of the conflict-without-end. Some have called the unquestioning silent assent obscene. It is surely that and more. Where, in God's name, is the outrage? Where are the protests in the streets against a government that has lied to its citizens and taken them for everything they hold dear?

Some say a massive public revolt is missing in action because the country as a whole doesn't feel the pain of war yet. While many may be unsettled about the regular litany of deaths and bombings coming from Iraq, it's simply not personal yet. Certainly it's tragic when a U.S. soldier dies over there but chances are it's nobody you knew.

So the mournful event passes with flags and tears until another and another and another brings the pain home somewhere else in America. Given time the pain of young men and women lost forever will reach into even more homes. Maybe, heaven forbid, it will eventually reach out and tap someone you know.

Then the loss will be personal, or personal enough. An uneasiness is already creeping into our collective comfort zone about the Bush War no matter how firmly one supports the troops with a zillion car magnets or flowing yellow ribbons. This isn't about supporting the troops. It's about bringing them home alive in one piece.
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