July 17, 2009
Afghanistan: It's All Good
What I don’t understand is the title MSNBC chose for this suspenseful photo in their “Week in Pictures” slideshow. It reads:
I get it. The Marine in the foreground escaped.
…But two of them didn’t, which makes me think that the emphasis on the former is an example of the disconnect between these wars we keep getting ourselves into and the all-too-familiar tendency to deny or romanticize. And then, the piece of news evidenced by the photo — threatening the dominance of images of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan dodging anything but bullets — is the vivid demonstration how the I.E.D. threatens to “level the playing field” in spite of our more than overwhelming fire power.
(image: Manpreet Romana / AFP – Getty Images)