The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Iraq War:
Hiding its human cost

Jul 28, 2008

Zoriah Miller, a U.S. freelance news photographer, was recently forced to leave Iraq because he posted pictures on the internet of the gruesome result of an act of violence in Iraq, the kind of violence which takes place every day.

Miller is just the latest in news media to be pushed aside by the military after showing certain aspects of the destruction, death and human suffering caused by the war. News organizations in the U.S. and allied countries recently reported that they have a combined total of only a half dozen photographers in Iraq, even though over 150,000 U.S. and allied troops and tens of thousands of contractors are engaged in the war there!

Among the important things that brought the terrible cost of the Viet Nam war home were the televised reports on the war. The U.S. military obviously drew the lessons of Viet Nam and has worked to control access by the media in this war.

According to some reporters and cameramen, U.S. manipulation of news coverage is getting worse. The U.S. government and military are trying to sanitize this deadly war so they can continue to carry it on.