As reported by Plastic, the US military is doing its best to prevent photography of the flag-cloaked caskets of Americans killed in Iraq being published. Apparently they pressured
the Seattle Times to fire a reporter a Kuwait-based cargo worker after she took such a photo that ran on the front page of the Sunday edition. This tactic isn’t suprising, as similar coverage during the Vietnam War significantly influenced public opinion. I obtained the following photo via Sean Bonner.
It’s a harrowing photo. War is an awful thing, and the politics of this one make this image all the more tragic. What makes the photo exceptional is the delicacy and care with which the soldiers appear to be treating their fallen comrades. I know this image is being wielded as a metaphor and a political tool, but, to me, it’s a much more intimate than that. To me, it’s a photo about brotherhood.