Pentagon Rethinks Its 18-Year Ban on Photos and Videos of Coffins Bearing War Dead Home - washingtonpost.com
I realize that we have vets here, so before I even start, know that no offense, if taken, is intended.
I personally support the lift of this ban. The ban was idiotic to begin with. In this age of Nintendo wars where the worst images the general public sees are from a jet fighter's FLIR camera while a smart bomb hits a target, it is easy to lose sight of the real cost of war in the sanitary presentation.
Two reason I support the lift:
1) Marginalizing fallen soldiers under the guise of respect is in itself disrespectful. They have served, sacrificed, and should be recognized. If anything they should have HUGE signs on the tops of these coffins with the soldier's name, picture, place and date of birth, place and date of death, and a tally of their living, now bereft, relatives along with a massive 'Thank you' printed on it. Say what you want about the legality or morality of war, they served, they obeyed orders, they did their duty, and they deserve better than a night-time smuggling.
2) The aforementioned Nintendo-izing war. If we're goin to permit our politicians and leaders to send these guys and girls over to fight and die in another country, the monetary cost should be the least of our concerns. The cost should be weighed in number of coffins, and the people should be able to see the cost first hand.