The Fruits of Escalation

Abby Zimet

If any of us needed a portent of things to come, how chillingly, perfectly apt that the arrival of the first casket to be viewed by the public after the lifting of an 18-year media ban belonged to a casualty, not of Iraq, but of Afghanistan. Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers of Hopewell, Va. was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan and came home Sunday night to a silent, 17-minute ceremony at Dover Air Force Base.

Before the ban was lifted, Vice-President Joe Biden had said the coffins from both wars were being "snuck back into the country." Now that they're not, how many more will we have to see?

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