What happened to the wars?


The wars have mostly vanished from the headlines. Lots of people are still getting killed and maimed, displaced too. Yet because the violence has apparently lessened because of the surge, the wars are no longer front page news.

The presidential election campaigns are also surely a reason, as campaign news is becoming all-consuming, destroying any other news in the vicinity, an unfortunate trend that will surely worsen. The ANSWER Coalition plans an antiwar rallies in DC and elsewhere on March 15, the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion, but by then too many progressives and liberals may be primarily focused on the presidential campaigns, with little interest or energy left for other issues. Let’s hope not.

Also, within a few months, the economy will become the primary issue, and that’ll distract even more from the wars. Not that the economy shouldn’t be a central issue, because it should, but if the wars fade from public view, then that means more dead people, and we’ve already had way too many.