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Can Photos From Gaza Help Blaze The Path To Peace?

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For those like me who've never been to war or lived through war, it's difficult to grasp the degree of pain, fear, destruction and suffering its victims endure. What must it be like to cling to tumbling walls when bombs fall, or watch a loved one explode into pieces, having done nothing to deserve such a fate? It took the photo of nine-year old Kim Phuc to show many my age the horror of Vietnam. Discussions of nuclear weapons evoke devastating images of a mushroom cloud and a torched landscape of burned bodies. Mention of the Holocaust brings vivid recollections of emaciated bodies caged behind fences and mass graves piled high with corpses. And in Gaza, because of the hard work and valor of intrepid journalists, we have the horrific photos of dead children and their grieving families that Dershowitz and his cohorts vindictively besmirch.

We need these photos. We need more of them and we need to honor and protect the heroes who take them. Having these photos helps pave a path to ending wars. Having them (for most of us) challenges the perception of glorified war promoted by video games and corporate media. Having these photos allows us to equate war with the pain, loss, suffering and failure that war always is.

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but  we here if we want to support the cause ... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 9:14:01 AM
  If we all loved life enough that we thoug... by Theresa Paulfranz on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 11:11:19 AM
"When there is too much human life"This is the roo... by Ronald J Riley on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 1:13:18 PM
Hopefully, the UN vote today will up Palestine's s... by Hugh Jones on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 12:26:34 PM
Again, road apples!... by Alex Howard on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:58:35 AM
The real "terrorists" in our country are American ... by John Randolph on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 12:49:56 PM
lunacy of war? I've posted this before:[[ba]]David... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 2:06:48 PM
from Gaza in an earlier go-around.... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 2:07:39 PM
It's good you posted that photo. I've seen it many... by Linda Milazzo on Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 4:16:33 PM
I can't help wondering if that photo, too, was als... by Alex Howard on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:01:54 PM
Your article asks this:  Can Photos From Gaza... by Alex Howard on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:55:17 AM
YOU can substantiate truth if you're using the rid... by Linda Milazzo on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 2:18:41 PM
...several years back after reading an article whe... by Ginger McClemons on Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 at 11:31:25 AM