Posted by: Christian | October 1, 2007

Al Jazeera “Embeds” With Americans

October 2, 2007.

Al Jazeera English hangs out with American soldiers and at least one contractor (PMC?) at the KOP in the Korengal Valley of Kunar (50K from the Pakistani border) before moving to Outpost Vegas. What’s the message of this report? I presume it’s much more subtle than their Arabic fare. Despite the subtlety the report is very dramatic; the screams of “Medic!” come about half-way in.

At the very least it humanizes the soldiers.

But yeah, I have to go to Al Jazeera, Canadian or British TV to get regular TV reports on Afghanistan. That’s sad. At the moment CNN is reporting the serious news: The Britney Spears child custody scandal. This reminds me of a certain photo:

        US Marines

Context for this photo is here.


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