This is doing the rounds in US chatrooms, with alleged patriots jerking off to it. http://youtube.com/watch?v=HFQ6ctvHEKs Very moving, but obscene the cameras were there in a private, special moment. Presumably the father agreed to it, or planned it, or was pressured into it by Pentagon spin doctors. There are similar tapes on youtube, but none quite so moving, and no British ones. US TV networks havenât quite made up their minds whether such material should be accompanied by patriotic or slushy music. The above goes for slush. One of the music techniques used is familiar. Bach deploys it in the Passions: whenever Jesus appears it's within a halo of violins. It's a technique much used in war films too - think Ryan, Thin Red Line, Platoon. The obvious propaganda message: this is what we're fighting for, to defend such little (white) boys from dangerous A-rabs with beards. Pretty sick. I like the way US culture is emotionally less buttoned-up than British but happy not to see British squaddies on the telly, fresh from Iraq or Afghanistan, embracing their weeping kiddies to wailing violins stolen from Bach's St Matthew Passion. Note how the US serviceman is in uniform in a school. Iâve not seen that in the UK either. Does the MoD keep cameras off the tarmac when British families are reunited? If so, good. Long may it last. What do others think of the vid and the culture/politics behind it? Should the British public, via BBC News, be exposed to such material?