Pictures of dying marine brings war home to AmericaSubmitted by bad_karma on Fri, 09/11/2009 - 00:18
It is a graphic image of the harsh realities of war: the fatally wounded young marine lying crumpled in the mud, his vulnerable face turned to the camera. And it is one the US defense secretary would rather you did not see.
Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard, pictured being tended by comrades in southern Afghanistan, died of his injuries soon after. Now the release of this record of the 21 year-old's last moments has divided America, prompting furious debate over the sanitization of war at a critical time for the military offensive.