AP-photo of mortally wounded Marine shows reality of war

Discussion in 'US' started by jumpinjarhead, Sep 4, 2009.

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  1. This story is picking up steam in US--raises issues about accuracy of reporting balanced against respect for families of KIAs

    In this photo taken Friday Aug. 14, 2009, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, patrols on point through the bazaar in the village of Dahaneh in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Less than an hour later Bernard's squad was ambushed by Taliban fighters waiting in a pomegranate grove. Bernard was hit with a rocket propelled grenade and later died of his wounds. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
    12:36 a.m. ET, 9/4/09


    In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 14, Lance Cpl. Joshua Bernard is tended to by fellow U.S. Marines after being hit by a rocket propelled grenade during a firefight against the Taliban in the village of Dahaneh in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. Bernard was transported by helicopter to Camp Leatherneck where he later died of his wounds.

  2. It's a tough call to show the reality of war or to respect the wishes of familes of those in the photos. Personally, I think that providing the faces aren't recognisable(in the cases of people who subsequently died), that people should be made to see what is actually going on.

    Some of the most powerful images of any war are the in-situ photos of the dead and injured. The one of the guy on the stretcher during the Falklands with his leg blown off was one hell of an example. But he did survive.

    Be interesting to hear what the consensus of serving personnel is and what lads and lasses who have been injured and photographed feel. Should the families wishes be respected or the wishes of the comrades (if they are different)? Is the message more important than peoples feelings ?

    It's a shame that we are in a position where this can be discussed.

    RIP the lad.