Sanitizing War and Occupation

Photo of Dying Marine Draws Fire from Pentagon
 
September 05, 2009 “CSM” — – Defense Secretary Robert Gates has condemned the Associated Press decision to release a photograph of a US Marine wounded during a battle in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan. The Marine, Lance Cpl. Joshua M. Bernard of New Portland, Maine, was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade in a Taliban ambush on Aug. 14. He later died of his wounds.

In the AP photograph, Bernard is pictured lying on his side on a sandy slope. The image is blurry, but Bernard appears to be bleeding; two other Marines stand over him, attending to his wounds. The caption, titled “Afghanistan Death of a Marine,” identifies the location as the village of Dahaneh. The photographer is Julie Jacobson, who also took the image at the top of this post. The AP reports that Bernard later died on the operating table at a nearby field hospital.

 

 

“AP journalists document world events every day. Afghanistan is no exception,” Santiago Lyon, the wire services’ director of photography, said a story on the ambush, the AP reported that Bernard’s death came during the “deadliest month of the deadliest year since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

in a statement. “We feel it is our journalistic duty to show the reality of the war there, however unpleasant and brutal that sometimes is.” In  a story on the ambush, the AP reported that Bernard’s death came during the “deadliest month of the deadliest year since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. 

  

According to the AP, Bernard’s parents had twice asked the image not be released.

Fallout

 

“AP journalists document world events every day. Afghanistan is no exception,” Santiago Lyon, the wire services’ director of photography, said a story on the ambush, the AP reported that Bernard’s death came during the “deadliest month of the deadliest year since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

in a statement. “We feel it is our journalistic duty to show the reality of the war there, however unpleasant and brutal that sometimes is.” In  a story on the ambush, the AP reported that Bernard’s death came during the “deadliest month of the deadliest year since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. 

  

According to the AP, Bernard’s parents had twice asked the image not be released.

Fallout

 

“The issue here is not law, policy or constitutional right – but judgment and common decency.””

“I cannot imagine the pain and suffering Lance Corporal Bernard’s death has caused his family,” Gates wrote in a letter to Thomas Curley, AP’s president and chief executive officer. “Why your organization would purposefully defy the family’s wishes knowing full well that it will lead to yet more anguish is beyond me. Your lack of compassion and common sense in choosing to put this image of their maimed and stricken child on the front page of multiple American newspapers is appalling. The issue here is not law, policy or constitutional right – but judgment and common decency.”

The leader of the largest veterans association in the US has also criticized the AP’s decision, Reuters reports.

 

 

 

“The lack of compassion and common decency shown by the Associated Press in releasing this photograph is stunning,” said American Legion National Commander Clarence E. Hill, a retired Navy captain. “Lance Corporal Joshua Bernard is a hero who gave his life for his country. His family is understandably offended.”

IMHO

“Your lack of compassion and common sense”

 

“His family is understandably offended”
LACK OF COMPASSION…JUDGEMENT AND COMMON DECENCY..FAMILY OFFENDED!??!?!?!?!?!??!??!?? IS THIS MAN FOR REAL?!!?!?!?
What about the local population and the offence to them? is there no compassion and common sense and judgement and common decency for them?
THIS IS NOT NEWS ,BUT WE NEED MORE OF THIS REALITY IN THE MSM.
SOLDIER KILLED , BEAR SHITS IN WOOD!!!
This man volunteered!
In war soldiers get killed, more will die! This is not a tradgedy it is inevitable.If you want to stop this happening
STOP THE WAR ,BRING THE TROOPS HOME.
The REAL TRADGEDY is the civilians that did not volunteer for death!
Can we have a picture of an Afghan family impersonating spagetti bolenaisse thanks to this man and his mates.See how sorry we feel for this man then…….
Politions LIE , that is a fact. They say we are fighting in Afghanistan so we do not have to fight in America!
BULLSHIT
They said the same thing about Vietnam, well you got your ass kicked and as far as I know the Vietnamese Communist invasion of America is still on hold.
This man died for Oil and Israel. He probably slaughtered a lot of people on the way as well,just doing his job.
To his family ,i hope you think it was worth the sacrifice and are you proud of his deeds?? Are you happy with the people that sent him there?

 WAR PIGS- BLACK SABBATH
Generals gathered in their masses
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction
Sorcerers of deaths construction
In the fields the bodies burning
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind
Poisoning their brainwashed minds, oh lord yeah!

Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to the poor
Time will tell on their power minds
Making war just for fun
Treating people just like pawns in chess
Wait till their judgement day comes, yeah!

Now in darkness, world stops turning
As the war machine keeps burning
No more war pigs of the power
Hand of God has struck the hour
Day of judgement, God is calling
On their knees, the war pigs crawling
Begging mercy for their sins
Satan, laughing, spreads his wings
All right now!

SAYS IT ALL

Also check this out to see what this man was doing in Afghanistan and Iraq
NO BRAVERY
http://nobravery.cf.huffingtonpost.com/

Where are the WMD’s, where’s the 911 connection?
The only changes in Iraq and Afghanistan since our being there is
Iraq has MORE TERRORISTS (there where none there before. Saddam killed them)
Iraq is a disfunctional nation , we cannot even keep the lights on (Saddam was a better ruler ,even under sanctions!)
MORE Iraqi people vanish into the night than when Saddam was in power.
Afghanistan is now Global Drugs distribution centre.
Afghanistan now has the most corrupt government in the world.
All well worth the sacrifice.

 

 

 

WARNING ,THIS SITE HAS GRAPHIC PICTURES THAT MAY OFFEND

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23430.htm

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