Along with its series containing leaked information about the Iraq war, the New York Times published these two slideshows–one depicting civilian deaths and one illustrating detainee abuse by Iraqis (and overlooked by Americans.)
If we saw these pictures of war every day on the news, I think wars would be much less frequent. The carnage that they cause is immense, but it often hard to realize its scope when we don’t see the pictures everyday.
Though we as Americans are not exposed to these pictures, many are. Middle Eastern media more frequently publishes these photos, no doubt causing anger and sadness and horror in viewers, and even more importantly contributing to their (often justifiable) negative view of the U.S.
In American media, which is influenced so heavily by politics and those who benefit from the enterprise of war, we don’t show these images. This is a disservice to American citizens, who deserve to know as much as possible about the conflicts in which we engage. I encourage the American media to be courageous and provide us the images we so desperately need to see.
Later this weekend or this upcoming week, I hope to post about this week’s Fast-a-thon at Georgetown, in addition to a reflection on the Prayer in Daily Life retreat I attended this week through Catholic Campus Ministry. I also may post a reflection on the firing of NPR’s Juan Williams.