Toll of War

Today’s New York Times presents a grim graphic representation of the more than 1,900 deaths in Iraq for the month of January. It shows, by location and day, the number of dead sorted by individual status (civilians, American forces, other coalition forces, Iraqi forces, and police) and by cause of death (hostile fire, suicide bomb, car bomb, etc.).

4 thoughts on “Toll of War”

  1. Did you notice how the picture representing a “civilian” is a woman carrying a child. I do not know if a feeling of automatic sympathy is for women and children is what they are trying to get at, but this is the reaction I felt. The reptitive picture of this woman and baby automatically lead me to assume that each civilian killed was not only a civilian, but a woman aaannddd her child. When in reality the person who was killed could have been an antagonistic man highly involved in issues we are completely unaware of. Most of the civilians were either killed by hostile fire or grenades. I am not saying I do not feel sympathy for these people that are represented as killed in this picture, but I am saying without the facts it is hard to say what really happened. I feel the intention of this picture is to evoke sympathy and hatred towards the war, yet there is a lot of information beging left out. Who is the murderer? Somebody had to be behind the gunshot of the “hostile fire.” Why were these people murdered? We know the cause, but why were they fired at? Was it random? Was there a particular reason? What really is happening over there? We can not judge the war on one picture alone.

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