More War Porn

Helena Cobban has posted an update on the the story I posted about yesterday. While it doesn’t look like the pictures are from Abu Ghriab (yes I did delve into nowthatsfuckedup.com after I got home and the kid went to bed), they are pretty graphic examples of what soldiers are seeing and experiencing right about now.

It’s interesting to read the translations that her readers sent in, as well as Cobban’s assessment into her own foray into the NTFU forum.

It started out with 19 photos of sort of "after-incident" reports. No captions or explanation of any of ‘em. They each had dates which seemed to be in June and July of 2004. Some were extremely disturbing: the head inside and outside the bowl,; many burned bodies and body parts, etc.

As I said, no captions. But between each were what looked like links to other, explicitly described sex-porno (as opposed to pure-physical-violence porno) pages, also on NTFU. The juxtaposition is shocking/ sobering/ intriguing?? Tell’s us something profound about the nature of sex-porno, I think…

But here’s one really interesting thing about that page w/ the 19 ghastly photos: Below them, there was a discussion board, with most contribs dated late October 2004. The discussions were almost purely political and very intelligent, most of them not rhapsodizing about the violence or the war. Indeed, many of the people there seemed to beexpressing a v. moral anti-war stance.

She’s right about the comments that were left below the pictures she looked at. (Warning: NOT SAFE FOR WORK.) For example:

Yep. Sure was a good idea to send thousands of peacetime part-timers over to get involved with this shit. I’m thrilled that I’ll have to be (tax)paying for veterans’ psychiatric benefits for the rest of my life so that our current Cowboy-in-Chief can outdo his Daddy.

It just goes on from there. I don’t visit sites like that often. But I have the privilege of choosing to look or not to look. The Iraqis and the U.S. service members in Iraq don’t have that priviledge. I can’t imagine what having to look will end up doing to them.

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