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Of Enemy Dead and Cameras

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The guys over at the Long War Journal have an interesting take on the latest batch of photos showing U.S. troops posing with dead insurgents in Afghanistan:

…if you’re an editor who is going to vault these pictures to the top of the news cycle, don’t dwell overlong on the failings of a few US soldiers – gratuitously show it all, the whole stench and panoply of devastation wreaked by war, including actions by an enemy not bound by any rules of engagement. Because when folks in the United States are shocked that the behavior in the photos exists, it means either that the media is falling down on the job, or that some folks simply aren’t paying attention. Probably both. Perhaps the occasional cable news cycle featuring a recoilless rifle round tearing up a bound Afghan policeman, or the mass execution of captured Pakistani policemen, would change that.

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