[ by Charles Cameron — as if in brutal proof that “the bed waiting inside belongs to death” — that bridal and burial veils are one ]
Does the Coalition have an official policy targeting weddings?
Sorry to be so blunt about this, but I get déjà vu these days when I read about Coalition attacks on wedding parties.
Today, for instance, WaPo has this headline:
I believe that headline is only in white on a black background because that’s the “style” for WaPo’s “video channel” pages — but it’s suitable, really, eh? Funereal?
Lest we forget, let’s see, now, Wikipedia has entries for:
Deh Bala wedding party airstrike of July 6, 2008 Wech Baghtu wedding party airstrike of November 3, 2008
Then there’s December 12, 2013, reported by the admirable Greg Johnsen:
If I’m not mistaken, that was also the occasion of these two headlines from Conor Friedsdorf:
Stunning, those headlines. Of course there may have been other funereal weddings that I’ve missed.
Oh, and there’s always the money to consider:
Air strike on Yemen wedding kills Sorry our drones hit your wedding party If a drone strike hit an American wedding The Wedding That a U.S. Drone Strike Turned Into a Funeral Yemeni victims of U.S. military drone strike
Gregory Johnsen’s piece is beautifully written as always. Conor Friedsdorf’s title alone — The Wedding That a U.S. Drone Strike Turned Into a Funeral — deserves high praise.
Déjà vu? If these things keep on happening, I’ll have to call them flashbacks.