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Cathedral of War. Light shines through tiny windows as U.S. soldiers prepare for a gun battle with the Taliban. Note the grave-sized hole near the door. Beyond the disconnect between gunfire and the beautifully backlit dwelling, some might catch the feeling that war is eternal and that we’re fighting for a higher purpose, too. Maybe that’s why this photo made all the major new image galleries today.
(credit: Baz Ratner/Reuters caption: A United States soldier, Nicholas Dickhut, of the 82nd Airborne, aims at a doorway after coming under fire by the Taliban while on patrol in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:What’s mostly to see here (from NYT Pics of Day) is military censorship; the fundamental anonymity of US wounded. Not only is soldier hidden, the platoon insignias are hidden and the heads are cut off. And then, how much are we seeing of the war that isn’t inside or steps from the safety/drama of those Medevac helicopters?
(photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP - Getty Images caption: A wounded American soldier was carried to a medevac helicopter. Two American soldiers were heavily wounded by gunfire and taken to Kandahar Hospital.)