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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3 Responses to The Highest Form of Patriotism

  1. regyt says:

    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.

  2. bobhowe says:

    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.

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