Your tax dollars at work

by Volker Weber

These photos were taken by US military personnel in Fallujah on November 19, 2004. They were taken in order to identify the dead, as well as used to track where the bodies were later buried in Fallujah. Of hundreds of photos taken for identification of the dead, I selected these in order to show the face of war. Due to most media outlets in the west continuing to not show the daily horrific images in Iraq-of wounded and dead soldiers, civilians and fighters, I decided to put these on my site. I did so because I believe it is important for people to see what war looks like.

You only want to see these, if you think the war in Iraq "is worth it".

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Sascha Reissner, 2005-01-27


Stefan Rubner, 2005-01-27

Iraq has had a couple of very, very bad decades, for sure. Here's pictures of Saddam's mass graves:

And a photo report from the Halapja massacre:

Let's hope things will get better for this country!

Gerco Wolfswinkel, 2005-01-27

How many pictures did you look at before writing this comment?

Volker Weber, 2005-01-27

Does it matter? I looked at a couple of pages, didn't count the pictures per page. They reminded me of the pictures of Saddam era mass graves, and realised that this country has had to endure tremendous suffering for the past thirty, thirty five years. Pictures like the ones you posted, and the mass grave pictures, clearly make that point.

I mean, we're still celebrating a liberation that happened 60 years ago, of an opressive regime that lasted 5 years (for us). The Iraqi's have gone through so much more, until today, and we don't know when it will end. That's why I hope that Iraq's future will be better than the past.

Gerco Wolfswinkel, 2005-01-27

The question that has to come to mind in this context though is how this is going to happen. And whether the current approach the U.S. are following (and possibly extending to Iran and others) is certainly debateable.

Ragnar Schierholz, 2005-01-27

True, Iraq's future is far from certain. I hope they will succeed in becoming a democracy - in one piece, without civil war. At this point, that seems to be the best possible outcome. For now, it seems to have worked in Afghanistan, which is, given the circumstances, doing as well as anyone could expect it to do.

I think we will know in a couple of years' time wether the Iraq war was a failure or not. By that time, there could be either a free, democratic and safe Iraq. Or three separate states (balkanization). Or maybe there's a raging, full scale civil war, with the US, Syria and Iran involved. It's all still possible.

As said before, the Iraq people have had enough suffering for a couple of generations. I hope they will have some peace and quiet soon.

Gerco Wolfswinkel, 2005-01-27

So what was the reason for deleting the link to the WWI Holocaust photos?

Jon Johnston, 2005-01-28

Sorry WWII.

Jon Johnston, 2005-01-28

I think it will last at least one, maybe two generations for all the hate to disappear. How long did it take for an educated society like Germany? Yes, the RAF is gone now, and our politicians can drive safely again. But what about our ultra right and not too bright inmates with their funny haircuts. They are still here. And, sad but true, their number is growing again. Oh, and by the way: Pilots flying to Kabul are still getting extra charges to care for their planes because corruption is still the only determining factor.

Martin Schroers, 2005-01-28

Err. Sorry, temporarily forgot that you're already back and had a "reffen" reflex this morning :-)

Stefan Rubner, 2005-01-30

Well done.

Volker Weber, 2005-01-30

sans comment:

Alex Schäfer, 2005-02-01

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