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After two days of passing this photo by in a few galleries, I decided to give in, post it, and think about why it makes me uncomfortable. It could be because the majority of the photo is a weighty airplane hatch that reduces the action to a fourth of the photo, or the look on the one visible soldier’s face. Maybe the word “foot” on the coffin: I know it’s there to designate the end of the coffin, not its content, but you can’t help making the association and remembering how many people have been maimed in Afghanistan.
But really, I think it’s because no one is paying attention to this war or to the lives lost; that their deaths and injuries occupy much less than one-fourth of our consciousness.
(credit: Steve Ruark/AP Photo caption: An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Master Sgt. Gregory L. Childs Monday, May 7, 2012 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Childs, of Warren, Ark., died in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:What the hell? When did US soldiers start dressing like this? As part of the Afghan wind down, the Army introduces “Casual Shelling Day.”
(photo: Erik De Castro/Reuters caption:: U.S. soldiers from Task Force “No Fear” Alpha Co 2-27 Infantry “The Wolfhounds” fire a 120mm mortar at the Taliban position from Combat Outpost (COP) Pirtle King in Ghaziabad district in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan September 27, 2011.)
Meanwhile, in news from Afghanistan (courtesy of the Army Flickr page), we saved two puppies!
(photo: uncredited/ Army Flickr Stream caption: U.S. Army Spc. Ahren Blake, a combat medic from Clinton, Iowa, with Company D, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, a part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, Task Force Red Bulls, holds two puppies he found at an observation post in the Aziz Khan Kats Mountain Valley range near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 15. The puppies have been living with the Afghan National Army Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 201st Infantry Corps, which man the Ops that 3rd Platoon visited.)