I’ve been thinking about “our view vs. their view” after NATO air strikes in Qalat and the Sahib District in Afghanistan interrupted the military’s two-week offensive and PR show in Helmand Province. Who would even know what the impact in Afghanistan was at all considering that the “strategically-apologetic” military propaganda machine is operating in such high gear now.
I was surprised to find even this one photo (on WAPO’s Day in Photos) of the Sahib air strike, even if it just shows a fetid hole. (…Sort of like the whole war itself.)
But then, the WAPO photo is still a lot better than this one on the newswire today, the caption related to the Qalat air strike but paired with a picture that makes you scratch your head about how the visual media covers war these days. It reads:
An Afghan man feed pigeons outside a mosque in a market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 22, 2010. A NATO air strike in Afghanistan killed as many as 33 civilians, triggering a government protest over noncombatant deaths that undermine a stepped-up offensive to defeat Taliban insurgents.
But maybe it’s more fitting in a way, the picture implying concern for the air strike is for the birds.
(photo 1: Str-AP. Feb. 19, 2010. caption: A man stands next to a hole caused by NATO’s air strike in Sahib, Afghanistan. The airstrike killed Afghan police officers, prompting calls for an investigation. photo 2: Altaf Qadri/AP)