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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-06-08 08:32 PM
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Censoring Iraq
Edited on Sun Jul-06-08 08:35 PM by kpete

Zoriah and his unit arrived on the scene shortly after the bombing and he witnessed and photographed the aftermath including the bodies of 4 US Marines. His photos met all standards set by the agreement embeds sign with the military but he was told to remove the images from his blog . He refused and he is now being sent out of Iraq. Well have a chance to chat live with Zoriah when he returns to the US but in the meantime, his posts about this experience are essential reading. The images are graphic but this is the reality we have created with our war and occupation of the people of Iraq.
http://firedoglake.com/2008/07/06/censoring-iraq/
Anbar Province Suicide Bombing - Zoriah's Eyewitness Account - Iraq War Diary



My hands still shake and my heart pounds despite my fatigue. A combination of depression, fear, and adrenaline makes my thoughts race with the realization that a simple decision was the only thing that seperated me from a body count that grows daily. I look at the images I took on the 26th of June, and realize they do nothing to capture the emotion of being an eyewitness to the aftermath of the Al-Qaeda suicide attack in Karmah/Garma... the smell... the sound of screams and crying.

I want you to observe and comprehend what others live through on a daily basis -- to see what the Iraqi civilians and foreign soldiers see. I want people who follow my photography to understand that although I am able to bring images of war to the world in a form of art, what actually goes on here is horror. My message is not that war yields great photography. My message is: War yields human misery and suffering.

My eyewitness report and the images contained in the link below are extremely graphic. To see the reality of the Iraq War -- please read and view my entire post by clicking the link below.

http://www.zoriah.net/blog/suicide-bombing-in-anbar-.html
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