Mini-Opinion: Collateral-Shmateral

Airstrike On Factory. Photo Credit: Courtesy Of BurningFactory1CC BY-SA 3.0 Natan Flayer - Own work, Creative Commons.

Airstrike On Factory.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Of BurningFactory1CC BY-SA 3.0 Natan Flayer – Own work, Creative Commons.

I do not like the term “collateral damage” which has more recently been shortened in the news to “collateral.” The reason I do not like it is because it moves us even further from war. I think we need to hear 35 men and women in the US military died today. Whether or not you are for or against (and I am against) fighting in the Mid-East, I think we should be forced to see what our Congress and President are doing on our (or the military industry’s) behalf. By that I mean the blood and guts that wars inflict upon people. People in Iraq and Syria and Afghanistan see it in person. Surely our delicate constitutions should be able to handle seeing what they see once removed — as in television.

The US is carrying out arial bombing which is a military strategy that is normally carried out in conjunction with boots on the ground.

Collateral Damage. Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Casualties of a mass panic. This media is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the ARC Identifier (National Archives Identifier) 535558.

Collateral Damage In Black And White.
Photo Credit: Courtesy Of Casualties of a mass panic. This media is available in the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the ARC Identifier (National Archives Identifier) 535558.

The purpose of arial bombing is to systematically destroy morale and end the supply chain from the source to the front line. Another purpose is to keep us at arms’ length from the war. But I believe that is wrong-headed. Since so few of us have soldiers in our households, it is only fair that we carry even this small share of seeing what our country is doing in our name.

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