I think the explanation from the photograpers was appropriate. The image is very tasteful and unfortuantly reflects the harsh reality of this stinken war that BUSH has gotten us in to, didint Saddam say that US men would be going home in body bags if we attacked his country??????it may have taken awhile but it is now coming to past.
AZO From United States of America, joined Jun 2002, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1853 times:
I agree, showing the coffins does show the reality of what is going on over there. I do understand that it is a bit insensitive towards the families of the dead, however I do not think the repercussions of taking the photo are warranted.
We hear every day about more soldiers dying over there, but you never actually see anything like this to make it more real.
Flyingbronco05 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3841 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1807 times:
Under a policy adopted in 1991, the Pentagon bars news organizations from photographing caskets being returned to the United States, saying publication of such photos would be insensitive to bereaved families.
But above that it states:
The picture shows several workers inside a cargo plane parked at Kuwait International Airport securing 20 flag-draped coffins for the trip to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
Therefore, since the plane was parked, the caskets were not being returned to the US. They were in another country on the plane.
Don't we have freedom of speech? I think she did nothing wrong.
Garnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5483 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1800 times:
As always, FlyingBronco, your profound obtuseness never ceases to amaze me. Why were the coffins being secured in the first place? To be returned to the US. They were thus in the process of BEING RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES and thus fall under the DoD's policy. I doubt the USAF is in the habit of strapping flag-draped coffins for fun and games, but then again, I doubt you, like the shameless photographer who took this picture, would understand that in this era of sensationalized photographs and headlines, some things still deserve respect.
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.
ArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3698 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1688 times:
This is not to trivialize death but there are many more senseless deaths in the USA than in Iraq. Everyone seems to make such a huge deal out of the relatively few US citizens getting killed over there. It is a big deal, but the news agencies have a field day with this. They love people getting killed.
408 Hostile Fire Deaths in Iraq. 192 from causes unrelated to combat such as suicide and car accidents.
But in the USA:
Over 100 people die a year from choking on pens.
Over 50,000 people die a year from car accidents.
10,000 related car accidents related to alcohol.
Over 15,500 murders a year.
90 killed by lightening every year.
Over 29,000 suicides.
322 drown in bathtubs.
742 choking deaths.
So why don't we bitch and moan about the moms, dads, grandparents, and children getting killed on the roads everyday? Why don't we talk about the old ladies falling in the bathtub and drowning? Or what about the kids that were picked on in school that blow their brains out?? No, but we have to talk about the soldiers that SIGNED UP for the military getting killed for their country. I am thankful for what they are doing, but they accepted the risk and regardless of the reasoning of the war.