On February 4, 2004, the following article appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times. No
doubt, the author will be slammed by messages from the "activists." Too
bad -- he said exactly what needs to be said. Men and women who were prisoners of
war or who are "missing in action" served under the American flag. And
that's what should be used to honor them, not some stark black-and-white banner that does
nothing to honor their sacrifice.
We're obsessed with flags that have lost meaning
February 4, 2004
BY NEIL STEINBERG SUN-TIMES COLUMNIST
When can we get rid of those black POW/MIA flags that have been flying under the
American flag for the past 30 years? Or are we stuck with them forever? I'm all for
honoring vets, but the black flag has always had negative overtones, having originated in
Rambo paranoia centered around the belief that American prisoners were still in Vietnam
years after the war ended and the government was for some reason concealing the fact. The
flags, in addition to honoring sacrifice, also suggest, unfairly, something shameful about
the country, or at least they did. Now vets say they are just a generic tribute to all the
prisoners of war and missing in action. Perhaps. But there are better ways to honor U.S.
service personnel. The flags will probably disappear one by one, as those who care
passionately about them move on. A good thing, too.
The original article is here: http://www.suntimes.com/output/steinberg/cst-nws-stein04.html
When I first established the MIA Facts Site, I published a similar article --
read it here.