Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Salon.com News | Iraq: The unseen war

Powerful photos that should be seen, just not before 7 am. When I was a little girl in the 60's I used to read the newspaper every morning. We were stationed in Puerto Rico at the time and got the NY Times and Post. One morning I picked up the paper, looked at the front page and put it down. My dad asked what was wrong and I told him I wasn't going to read the paper again until the war was over. This was 1967 and I was 11. A little too graphic for me, since my dad had told me we would end up leaving with nothing accomplished.

We all remember certain images from Vietnam. The little girl burning with napalm, the guy being executed, etc. This current debacle is sanitized, like we are children who must be protected from reality. Just in case we might object and finally become united against testosterone and fear driven stupidity. In the medical profession there eventually comes a time when you realize that the treatment is doing more harm than the original disease. Or the disease has progressed, become more invasive and destroyed the ability of the host to survive, then it is time to think about the quality of life, not the quantity.




Salon.com News | Iraq: The unseen war: "A U.S. soldier lies dead on the kitchen floor of a house used as a base by insurgent fighters in Fallujah, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004. The soldier was shot and killed by insurgent fighters when he entered the room. Two other U.S. military personnel were wounded by the insurgents, who escaped."

Was this poor guy one of the "few" and the proud who had the shoddy so called bulletproof armor that didn't work?

So sad.

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