Remembering the war dead need not be controversial

REMEMBERING THE WAR DEAD NEED NOT BE CONTROVERSIAL…. On her debut episode hosting ABC’s “This Week,” Christiane Amanpour included an “In Memoriam” segment, which took note of, among others, fallen American soldiers who died in combat.

In the voice-over, Amanpour noted that the segment was in remembrance of “all of those who died in war.” Apparently, that rubbed Tom Shales the wrong way: “Did she mean to suggest that our mourning extend to members of the Taliban?”

What a bizarre question. Eric Boehlert added:

Are you kidding me? Shales really suggested that on her network debut, Amanpour gave a shout-out to members of the Taliban who died in combat last week? What is wrong with this man and when will Shales have the decency to extend an apology to Amanpour? […]

Shales must have been the only viewer on the planet who thought Amanpour was honoring fallen terrorists on ABC yesterday.

I think that’s right, though now that Shales has brought it up, at least one high-profile right-wing blog is picking up the same argument.

I have no idea why the right decided to hate Amanpour — Fox News once suggested she might be perceived as “a spokeswoman for al Qaeda” — but this is pretty crazy.