Jul 14, 2008
During the very first week of the U.S. war against Iraq, the news media around the country carried a photograph of Private First Class Joseph Dwyer carrying an injured Iraqi boy. It was used as a poster justifying the war, depicting it as practically a humanitarian effort.
Now Dwyer is dead. Earlier this month he committed suicide at his home, after enduring years of problems with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
There were no front page headlines and pictures, nor have there been for the thousands of other U.S. soldiers who have come back from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, only to take their own lives.
But these are the pictures that should be postered every place. They give a small glimpse into part of the terrible human cost of this war that never had a single humanitarian impulse to it.