The Bad Wars and Modern Memory


by Leonard Pierce

The commemoration of any great tragedy is a thorny proposition.  Pay it too little attention, and you are open to charges of ignoring the pain of the victims and the grief of the survivors; pay it too much attention, and you become vulnerable to accusations of exploitation and devaluation.  This problem is even further exacerbated when the tragedy had a political element to begin with, one that has only become more distinct as the years have gone by.

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