Net Politik discusses the recent beheading incidents:
Beheadings no longer have a spark in the blogosphere. Now, some readers might accuse me of being tasteless for saying such things. I ask those readers to consider the fact that the truth has neither tastes, nor 'values:' it simply is, regardless of how we feel about it. That consideration brings me to my main point: To the average American, Iraq is now just another re-run.
Our minds cannot help the fact that they filter out familiar information. News of bombs, deaths, and chaos in Iraq is now filtered out like street sounds to someone sleeping in New York. This might explain why Kerry's attack against Bush's war is causing so little of an effect on the polls. Frankly, Bush's "its gonna turn out alright" is more soothing than Kerry's 'We're screwed'.
Myself, having been unplugged from the matrix of TV news and talk radio as of late, have only heard of the rash of beheadings through the internet. Unlike many, I have no interest in actually viewing one of the video clips. I can imagine these incidents are gruesome, as so many things are in war. And I fully expect them to continue. The war, after all, isn't just fought in far-away cities over territory. The insurgents clearly want to make sure that the war continues to be newsworthy. Physically cutting off someone's head elicits primal fear and curiosity, much like a shark attack. In terms of the human suffering caused, I'm sure it doesn't rank as high as many methods of killing. Many people must be dying right now in piles of rubble, terrified as they watch their own lives slip away.
In the end, I realize that we in the U.S. will have to live with the repercussions of this war. Many people are dying (mostly innocent Iraqis)--and these deaths are especially tragic in light of Shrub and company's mendacity leading up to the conflict. I see little light at the end of the tunnel. I've been in countries a decade or two after major conflicts and have found that such wars often leave tremendous emotional scars on the people.