The War Photo No One Would Publish
It is one of those photos that stares straight at the horror of war. It’s hideous, stomach turning…and something that should be widely disseminated. No matter how necessary it might be war is, in the words of Georges Clemencau, a series of catastrophes followed by victory.
But it was counter to the idea that modern politics and the modern military tries to push these days, and that the modern media has no problems supporting; the idea that thanks to technology war is clean. This photo put the lie to that.
So, no media outlet in the States would use it. Showing the horror of war is now something ‘not done’.
And so we lurch into more wars since we can’t comprehend what we’re really doing.