Balance war coverage

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, January 06, 2003

War is the ultimate failure of human beings to act with compassion, intelligence and foresight. Bush's proposed war against Iraq exposes U.S. greed, impatience and arrogance. I can't understand why President Bush is so eager for war and why he is supposedly so popular. He is pandering to people's darkest sides, playing on their fears, planting seeds of intolerance, and trying to generate unexamined patriotism.

The media is assisting him by presenting us daily with stories glorifying soldiers and their noble sacrifices. Articles about military hospital ships, soldiers leaving their families and soldiers prepared for war serve to justify and normalize the plan for war. I would like more balanced media coverage

Why not print stories on groups working for peace in the United States and Israel? I would love to read about the long history of the War Resisters League and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. How about writing a story on the Israeli soldiers who refuse to serve in the occupied territories, do a little jail time for refusing orders, and then return to their military careers untarnished. Articles about European opposition to a U.S. war would help us see a more global picture. Features on Iraqi music, culture and history would be interesting to people who oppose and people who support a war. Why not cover the people who lost family members on Sept. 11 and who are traveling the country asking that their grief not be used as a cry for revenge? More balanced coverage would educate the public and refute the fiction that the vast majority of Americans support a war with Iraq.

Carol Anderson


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