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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Death Today

posted by on January 31 at 10:02 AM

According to the editors of Reuters, this is one of the “best pictures from the last 24 hours”:

Beyond the echo of Roland Barthes’ famous essay “Myth Today” (1954), this image of a U.S. soldier—from the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment—patrolling eastern Baghdad yesterday, Jan 30, is deeply sad. There is no greatness, no nobility, no hope here, just a nothingness stemming from the fact that the unfortunate black man and the unfortunate Arabs could by now, by today, Jan 31, be as dead as that flower.

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O Rose, thou art sick!
The Invisible worm,
That flies in the night,
In the howling storm,

Has found out thy bed
Of Crimson joy;
And his dark secret love
Does thy life destroy.

Posted by kinaidos | January 31, 2007 10:26 AM

Such a pessimist...

The reason this is the best picture in the last 24 hours? The liberators of Baghdad are finally being greeted with smiles and flowers! God Bless America!

Posted by Dakota Solberg | January 31, 2007 10:55 AM

That troop would gotten rid of the flower or eaten it if I was his squad leader. Nothing like someone wearing a big red target to get the day off to a good start.

Posted by Princess Caroline | January 31, 2007 12:06 PM

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