Those with strong stomachs may wish to see some photographs of the real situation in Iraq, photographs that American news outlets systematically refuse to print. Warning: they are often graphic. It should be noted that these sorts of scenes are shown on Arab satellite television all the time. For the past 3 years, American audiences have seen a sanitized Iraq, whereas the rest of the world has seen the real thing. When CNN interviewed Iraqi foreign minister Barham Salih recently, they showed him with a peaceful Baghdad backdrop. But in fact, Salih could not have so much as taken a stroll in West Baghdad without being immediately shot down dead.One means of making violent evil less stressful and hence less cognitively dissonant among perpetrator states and their citizens is to offer sanitized coverage of the scene of the crime. Pictures of "happy" Iraqis or references to civilian victims of military strikes as "terrorists" or the more neutral sounding "collateral damage" resulting from "surgical strikes" and "smart bombs" will suffice.
I suppose that one's self-esteem might be tied to one's nation, it would be a terrible blow to the ego to face the reality that too often our government has done some very terrible things in our names, while we too often have willfully looked the other way. Sadly, that sense of shame is one that more of my fellow Americans need to experience.
And yeah, you might need some strong stomachs to view the pictures Dr. Cole links to (or to these). You will likewise need a strong stomach to view this picture of a kid who has suffered gross deformities due to the US government's use of depleted uranium in its numerous bombing raids.