Jon Stewart on Why War Isn’t a Secret Super Mario Level

On the day that the White House announced it would not show the pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s death, Jon Stewart addressed the issue head on.

Stewart reminded the Administration (in vain) that the American people constantly see gruesome images on their television sets and more importantly, that for the people of the ‘Muslim world’ they don’t even have to turn on a TV to see brutal, violent deaths (often times as a result of either direct or in-direct Western intervention).

Note to Jon though, an ‘Afghani’ is currency. An AFGHAN is a person, though I guess with all that gold fever from the thousands and thousands of dead bodies stacked on top of one another I think we can see how you could get confused.

“Personally the best reason in my mind for releasing the pictures is that weve been fighting this war for nearly 10 years. Thousands of US deaths, tens of thousands of Iraqis andAfghanis‘[?] have died and weve seen nearly zero photographic evidence of it. Remember how long the media had to fight to show military coffins returning from overseas? You probably dont remember because you saw pictures of it the day they won the case and not since. Maybe we should always show pictures. Bin Laden, pictures of our wounded service people, pictures of maimed innocent civilians. We can only make decisions about war if we see what war actually is and not as a video game where bodies quickly disappear leaving behind a shiny gold coin.”