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United States Couple Create Photo Exhibits of War Dead, Booked in 39 Communities



The article, “United States Couple Create Photo Exhibits of War Dead, Booked in 39 Communities,” concerns the company Patriotic Productions Inc., which runs a show called “Remembering Our Fallen,” featuring photos of war dead from Nebraska and Iowa. The article falls under the rubric of post-modernism as it deals with memory and what we as a culture choose to recognize and choose to seemingly forget. The point of the show is represented in a quote from Evonne Williams, one of the husband and wife partners that run the show, “We need to remember their names.”


It’s a sad statement and demonstrates the misery of the Bush-Obama wars.  Of course these aren’t wars officially, but instead “combat operations” conducted by the military, our allies and private contractors, or mercenaries subcontracted by private security firms.  There is no mention that these “combat operations” have been continuous with the infamous “no-fly zone” since 1990. Have the million Iraqi’s who died during Clinton’s embargo and no-fly zone been remembered? Will the million dead in the latest wars be remembered? Doubtfully there could even be pictures found of all the dead since by the time many had been killed they and their families might have been to poor to even afford a camera with which to take pictures. And where would they ever find room to show 2,000,000 photos of dead war victims in all the 39 communities where they now show those who died serving in the wars?


There might also be a lapse in memory when it comes to the circumstances that drove America to start an aggressive war with Iraq. Let alone the increasing skepticism of the government’s accounts of 9/11, do those who display and attend the show of photos recall the lies of WMD’s? Are visitors reminded of the retired army general at the United Nations claiming to have proof of yellow cake uranium that Saddam Hussein was to have had? Are they remembering the push of six corporations, Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal, which collectively control US media?


Memory in the exhibit seems to be selective. What is left out of consideration tells much about the sentimental and nostalgic drive behind the show. By demonstrating the sacrifice of the American war dead the producers of the show generate the feeling that they shouldn’t die in vain and the wars must continue so those lost may die as heroes.  Of course these wars aren’t meant to be won, but are meant to be endured for the sake of permanent military bases in oil-rich nations. It would be better to see the brave men and women who died in service to America as a reason to stop the government from waging unconstitutional wars.


April 5, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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