Sunday, August 28, 2005

Operation 'If the Shoe Fits'

from my bestest blog buddy, ae at arse poetica:

Ann Telnaes has some suggestions for the Pentagon's recent announcement to put the war slogans intended to build public support on soldiers' tombstones in Arlington Cemetery.


How can we think it's anything but a macabre propaganda ploy when their defense for doing it is this:

The owner of the company that has been making gravestones for Arlington and other national cemeteries for nearly two decades is uncomfortable, too.

"It just seems a little brazen that that's put on stones," said Jeff Martell, owner of Granite Industries of Vermont. "It seems like it might be connected to politics."

What does this guy know? He's only been doing it for 20 years.

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it isn't. "The headstone is not a PR purpose. It is to let the country know and the people that visit the cemetery know who served this country and made the country free for us," VA official Steve Muro said.

Are we to think that the millions of visitors to the gravesites of the thousands of soldiers already buried in the cemetery won't know that those soldiers "served this country and made the country free for us"? What are they saying?

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