Symbolism

2 comments May 29th, 2006at 05:53pm Posted by Eli

After seeing this picture chez Hecate and referenced chez driftglass, the thought occurred to me that this photograph is really quite symbolic. Although the official intent of the flag here is to honor the sacrifice of the dead, it also has the effect of obscuring them from view. Instead of seeing coffins with dead soldiers in them, we see the American flag.

Republicans wave the flag in our face to distract us from looking at the deaths they have caused; of Americans, of Afghans, of Iraqis, of American democracy itself. Let us take this Memorial Day to push the star-spangled curtain aside and mourn all that has been lost.

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Iraq,Media,Politics,Republicans,War

2 Comments

  • 1. Mary  |  May 29th, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    Nice description. I think you put well a day that shouldn’t be politicized.

  • 2. Eli  |  May 29th, 2006 at 11:09 pm

    Thanks! Although I think I actually politicized it pretty good right there…


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