I object

A report has been published that states that half of Americans surveyed object to the online availability of graphic war images. Count me among them.

I find it disturbing that so many people feel they have every right to view a man being beheaded. I find it disturbing that some people are so spoiled with the freedoms that we are afforded that they think if someone is restricting them from seeing anything it’s a violation of their rights.

As I keep saying you don’t need to see the videotaped beheadings of Daniel Pearl, Nicholas Berg, Paul Johnson, or Kim Sun-il. While you’re celebrating a victory for your “rights” the families of these victims are mourning the loss of their fathers, sons, brothers, who didn’t deserve the brutal slaughtering they received. But you don’t care. They’re only minor casualties in the greater goods for your “right” to gawk at their violent executions.

1 Comment

  1. I find it disturbing that some people are so spoiled with the freedoms that we are afforded that they think if someone is restricting them from seeing anything it’s a violation of their rights.

    Actually… if someone is restricting me from seeing something, then they ARE violating my freedom to view a particular image.

    Okay, let’s say for an instance that it becomes illegal to download or view Nick Berg’s beheading… where does it stop? If we allow the government and people like you to decide FOR US what is appropriate and what is not appropriate for OUR own personal consuption, then we have lost a very basic, very important freedom. In fact, we’ve not only lost a freedom, but we’ve relinquished control. We’ve given our government and people such as yourself the ability to control what we see and hear… to shape the news and indeed REALITY to their own liking.

    Suddenly, in this restricted world, the news and photographs we are “allowed” to see show that everything’s “decent” and “sunshiney” and “happy” all the time.

    I say bullshit. You don’t like beheading videos? Don’t watch them then. You think they’re sick and disgusting? Great, that’s your opinion. You think people who actively seek these things are sick? Fine, don’t associate with those people.

    But don’t try to tell me that I CANNOT look at those things if I so choose. You don’t have that right and neither should the American government. They hide enough stuff from us already.

    This is not about some perverse desire to view headless corpses or whatever… it is about how we all should have easy access to the truth and the facts about a situation, as grisly, violent and disturbing as that situation may be.

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