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The Highest Form of Patriotism - Riffs and Licks
steelbrassnwood
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The Highest Form of Patriotism
I went through Union Square today as the protest march was coming back down Broadway (it made a big circle). Can't say what was happening in Midtown but the scene there was peaceful and optimistic.

LJ's autoformatting kept screwing up my layout, so I put most of the photos in a gallery.

But the most heartbreaking sight of the day were these photos, all labeled "Not Just A Statistic," taped up to walls in the Village. They remind me more than a bit of the Portraits Of Grief series, and I have wondered why people who travelled halfway around the world to die for their country don't deserve as much coverage as the 9/11 victims, many of whom were inadvertant victims of a surprise attack. (Which is not to question devoting the coverage to them, but don't soldiers deserve as much?).



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Current Music: Terror (September 11), Jimmy Cliff

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regyt From: regyt Date: August 29th, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was there. I took the Q to Union Square because I was on my way down to Astor Place to catch my last Fringe Festival show of the year, and ended up riding the flow of the march for a few blocks.
bobhowe From: bobhowe Date: August 29th, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
And I have wondered why people who travelled halfway around the world to die for their country don't deserve as much coverage as the 9/11 victims, many of whom were inadvertant victims of a surprise attack. (Which is not to question devoting the coverage to them, but don't soldiers deserve as much?).

The cynical answer is that not a lot of bond traders enlist in the army. More to the point, you can unambiguously (and correctly) place the blame for the 9/11 deaths on the bad guys; don't expect George Bush to stand up in front of the delegates and say "I have to take at least partial responsibility for the deaths of a thousand troops."

Anyway, good pictures.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: August 30th, 2004 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
It's all the liberal media's fault.
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