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Pictures of dying marine brings war home to America

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/sep/06/dying-marine-fur...

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.




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TRUTH is painful.

but that is how we grow. I hope more is exposed and questions come forward like WHY the hell are we even there? Bring the troops home and then we won't have to look at pictures like this.

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"Bring the troops home and then we won't have to look at pictures like this."

I read about this

Very sad. His parents were not happy with the images. However, I hope they realize how important it is to spread freedom through this. I don't know what I would do if it were my son. It would be so painful to see. But, I also would realize that nothing is ever going to change if people don't see the reality.

The media is what turned the tide on the Viet Nam war. The pictures were so graphic. One of the last ones was of the little girl running naked after getting napalmed. That was huge. A couple of days ago there was a news article on how so much of her body was burned, she is an advocate for burn victims. It is terrible to think of our tax dollars going to such things.

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If the war was not censored

we would have seen mass protests years ago.
Seeing a man dying is infinitely more powerful than "25 soldiers died in a suicide bombing"

I firmly believe

the daily news coverage of the Vietnam War hastened it's end...

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War, kill or be killed.
We had plenty of coverage in Viet Nam, it helped stoke the anti war protests. The administration dosen't want to stoke those protests again so they censor the media coverage.

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
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“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams

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This is so sad to see a man dying. If this story brings the...

harsh realities of war home to the American people, than he would not have died in vain. War is hell especially these most recent wars, without a purpose, definable goal, or exit strategy.
Obama ran on becoming the peace president, on bringing our guys home, first immediately, then it was 16 months, and now...I don't know when he is planning on ending this mess.

Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. - Goering

It began with Matthew Brady


At a time when photographs were not reproducible in newspapers or magazines, Brady had galleries in New York and Washington.

His collection: "The dead of Antietam" did much to inspire anti-war protests. Most people had never see photos of dead soldiers. Brady fixed that.

Brady and other photographers covered all of the major fights in the U.S. civil war and took pictures of everything. Some of the Brady photos appeared in Ken Burns' The Civil War.

During the 1960s, graphic TV footage of soldiers being hurt or killed in Vietnam also did much to turn the general population against the war.

Anyone who has been in combat, or has witnessed wholesale death first hand never wants any part of it in the future. It's unspeakably horrific. Pictures tell a kind of truth.

Bump... for awful truth!

If the people knew ..if they saw more of this on MSM and of Civilian Casualties...would they care?

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Good question.

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