January 8, 2007

by Reb Yudel
Thank you, Washington Post, for letting me sleep at night!

As an American whose taxes has paid for George Bush's oedipal war in Iraq, I have my share of blood on my hands.

The Washington Post, it now turns out, has pictures of some of that blood. But in keeping with its apparent charter to "comfort the comfortable and ignore the afflicted," it has decided not to share them.

I would imagine that reflects wise judgment on the part of the Washington Post -- the same wise judgment that led it to support the Iraq war, sob over the death of Pinochet, and presumably applaud the upcoming announcement of the Bush/McCain Surge/Escalation in Iraq.

Anyhow, here's what they're not showing us, courtesy of Richard Blai via Atrios:

Capturing images of war on their digital cameras, as many troops in
Iraq have done, Marines took dozens of gruesome photographs of the 24
civilians who were killed in Haditha, Iraq, in November 2005…

…Among the images, there is a young boy with a picture of a
helicopter on his pajamas, slumped over, his face and head covered in
blood. There is a mother lying on a bed, arms splayed, the bodies of
three young children huddled against her right side. There are men with
gaping head wounds, and a woman and a child hunkered down on their
knees, their hands frozen around their faces as if permanently bracing
for an attack.

…The images are contained in thousands of pages of NCIS
investigative documents obtained by The Washington Post. Post editors
decided that most of the images are too graphic to publish…
[emphasis added]

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