Monday, November 22, 2004

War sucks

But then, you knew that already. I'm sure.

I've been wondering a bit about the shooting in the mosque in Falluja. A bit of me has been wondering about the imbedded reporter, Keven Sites, who caught the incident on tape. Just who is this guy? Well, turns out he's no dummy, no anti-war, left-wing, pinko-commie, liberal member of the media... and he's not a hawk, pro-war & death, anti-Muslim, right-wing, conservative member of Fox News.
Since the shooting in the Mosque, I've been haunted that I have not been able to tell you directly what I saw or explain the process by which the world came to see it as well. As you know, I'm not some war zone tourist with a camera who doesn't understand that ugly things happen in combat. I've spent most of the last five years covering global conflict. But I have never in my career been a 'gotcha' reporter -- hoping for people to commit wrongdoings so I can catch them at it.
Nope. He's just a reporter who is telling the story he sees... and, from this post, Open Letter to Devil Dogs of the 3.1, it's clear he's a guy who has built respectful relationships with the Marines he's been hanging out with.
So here, ultimately, is how it all plays out: when the Iraqi man in the mosque posed a threat, he was your enemy; when he was subdued he was your responsibility; when he was killed in front of my eyes and my camera -- the story of his death became my responsibility.

The burdens of war, as you so well know, are unforgiving for all of us.
His posting is well worth the read; it brought me a new understanding of the complexities, and horrors, of war.

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