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MARINES: SS banner is gossip fodder, not news

Letter by Jorge Paddlegood, Yelm on Feb. 28, 2012 at 11:40 am with 3 Comments »
February 28, 2012 11:40 am

In a recent column (TNT, 2-16), Leonard Pitts Jr. writes about a photograph of U.S. Marines in Afghanistan posing with an American flag. Beneath the flag is a banner showing two S-shaped lightning bolts, which 70 years ago was the logo of the Nazi SS.

Media mavens have decided that this is shocking enough to be newsworthy. Pitts tells us this photograph demonstrates an alarming ignorance of history on the part of our Marines. In this case we are fortunate to be able to see the photograph in question.

It is self-consciously posed in the style and spirit of Teddy Roosevelt. It appears dignified and even staid in comparison to most of the pictures that surround us. The SS symbol in the middle of it creates the same embarrassment we feel when we see ourselves in our fifth-grade class photo putting our fingers behind each others’ heads.

Faintly embarrassing? Yes. Kinda funny? Yeah. Good gossip fodder, but newsworthy it is not.

In every decade at least as far back as Aristotle, the older folks have comforted themselves by bewailing the ignorance of the young. Not recognizing the SS logo might lose you a round in a trivia quiz, because it is trivia. It doesn’t mean you can’t tell the difference between totalitarianism and democracy.


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  1. Members of the US Marine corps posing for a picture that appropriates a Nazi symbol is equivalent to 5th graders putting two fingers up behind each others’ heads??????!!!!???


  2. amber424 says:

    Not recognizing the SS logo might lose you a round in a trivia quiz, because it is trivia.”

    Most people who have had some form of schooling is well aware of what the SS logo means. Saying that it is just due to their ignorance of history is NO EXCUSE.

  3. yabetchya says:

    ImLarry says

    Feb. 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    ” If you are stupid, people will notice ” Oh, people have noticed ImLarryphill. You have been quite the poster boy, to your own quote, over and over again.
    Sorta like the Marines in the story,no excuse for stupid you.

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