To the Editor:
“Love Among the Ruins,” by Maureen Dowd (column, Jan. 10), lists the many metaphors that have been used recently “to describe our deadly embrace of Iraq.”
Many are clever, some entertaining, but all distance us from the absolute horror of what is actually taking place there.
Those interested in communicating the true story of Iraq to Americans who live comfortably and at a safe distance from the killing fields would do better to resist metaphoric thinking altogether.
Rather, they should take on the more challenging task of accurately describing, for example, the death of a soldier blown up by a roadside bomb, or an Iraqi mother holding the shattered remains of her child in her arms.
Topanga, Calif., Jan. 10, 2007
Note from KBJ: Who killed the child: Americans or Iraqis? If Americans did the killing, was it intentional or accidental? These are important questions, no?