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Thursday, April 22, 2004

The Dover Effect. During Vietnam, images broadcast showing dead soldiers being returned to Dover Air Force Base had a powerful effect on public perception of how the war was going, and it also had the effect of weakening support for the war. Since 1991, and during the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the government has banned any photography of caskets returning to Dover. It's one thing to hear numbers of dead on the nightly news, but it's a whole other thing to see rows upon rows of flag-draped caskets. So when this image of caskets inside a cargo plane showed up in the Seattle Times, it was the first time a picture like that one had been seen during this war. Yesterday, the woman, a worker for the cargo company, who took the photo was fired.

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