Brad Messer Commentary • KTSA • Monday, May 10, 2004

Images of Iraq

There are two images of Vietnam burned into my memory: A prisoner at the moment he was executed - shot in the head - and a little girl - naked and crying - running from a village set on fire by napalm.


From the Gulf War in 1991, the burned-in image is the Highway of Death— people incinerated as they tried to escape, at the end of the war.

And from this Iraq war, the image so far is the hooded prisoner on a box with wires on his hands. What an eerie thing that is. Like something surreal in a Tim Burton movie.

We have now been told there are many more prisoner abuse photos. Some videos, too. There's a big battle going on in Washington over whether to release them now, or later, or perhaps never. They'll leak out, of course.

My sincere hope now is that the yet-unseen images are not even more anguishing than what we have already seen. If they are worse, how much more can respect for America be diminished?

Brad Messer Commentary, KTSA.


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