Photographer's Note

The title of this photo is a quote and inspiration from a Patricia (plimrn)'s critique to a previous photo of mine about freedom of speech in the USA.
This shot is not brilliant, it's a confusing mass of people and does require this explanatory note. It is a memorial to honor the US military dead in Iraq. The man by the flag is a member of the Veterans For Peace and he is reading the names and data of the US military persons dead in Iraq. The panels have crosses with the same data, each cross a dead person.
For my big surprise, very few people was looking to this memorial and it seemed that nobody noticed the man and didn't listen to his speech. I was there some 5 to 10 minutes and during that time just a very few people did notice the memorial and the man's speech. I had the same consternation as in Arlington West, Santa Barbara.
Why most Americans don't care about the war in Iraq?
There are a few rallies, demonstrations and protests like this, but after more than six months in California (which isn't a pro-Bush state), I've got the notion that most Americans don't care about the war. It seems that for most people a far away war isn't their problem.
Perhaps children, teenagers and adults have got too much movies, video and computer war games, and now they perceive war (even real war) as some kind of sporting event (unless it comes to their land, of course, as in the tragedy of 9/11).
This photo was taken during the Earth Day 2006 Fair, in Balboa Park, San Diego, California ("the largest free annual environmental fair in the world", earthdayweb.org).

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