26 September, 2020

The CNN Son et Lumiere

Live coverage of war has trivialised its excesses, reducing it to a spectacle

illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
The CNN Son et Lumiere
How would you feel if you saw your homeland being bombed live on television? Imagine you are in your living room, watching cluster bombs and missiles raining down on the playground of your memories—on the parks you played in, the university you got your degree from, the temple you got married in, the homes of friends and relatives you visited or the government office you got your driving licence from. One should not be fooled by the propaganda about "precision bombing". After all, not just Iraqis, but even Syrians and Jordanians—apart from Brits and Americans—have been killed in "friendly fire". So, if you had to watch the destruction of your country, wouldn't you burn with anger, resentment, humiliation? Wouldn't the live telecast of such bombings then be a violation of the Geneva Convention?

But the Geneva Convention doesn't deal with such issues, because when it was framed there was no live TV coverage of war. You see the triviality of Bush's protests when Iraqis parade American prisoners of war on TV. The double standards of not just the Bush administration, but...


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