Sunday, April 15, 2007

Perspective: How deaths become statistics

WASHINGTON–On the same Easter weekend that six Canadians were killed in Afghanistan, 10 Americans were killed in Iraq.

But there was no statement of condolence from the U.S. president or the Democratic leadership.

Their personal stories were not featured in national newspapers, they led no national newscasts, no one covered any ramp ceremony by comrades in Iraq or the repatriation of their bodies.

Instead, their names drop into in-boxes across the country in terse defence department news releases, one, two, three at a time, then are logged daily in major newspapers in bold-face type.

Read the rest at the Toronto Star