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Potent symbols: Iraqi boy shelters behind U.S. soldier
http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com ^ | May 29, 2007

Posted on 05/30/2007 10:41:33 PM PDT by lowbridge

Some news photos are so rich in symbolism they're almost like Renaissance paintings in how much they communicate.

Such an Associated Press photo appeared on the front page of the New York Times's national edition.

It’s a picture of the scene after a bombing in Baghdad yesterday. Adding to the chaos of the bombing which killed at least 21 people and injured at least 66 was a shooter, maybe targeting people in the crowd.

Amid all the Iraqis who are running from the gunfire was a U.S. soldier, standing tall, perhaps looking in the direction of the gunshots, not apparently looking for cover.

An Iraqi boy seeks shelter behind the soldier, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsblogs.chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: frwn; iraq; iraqichildren; iraqwar; soldier; spartansixdelta; waronterror; whywefight; wot; yourjobiniraq
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1 posted on 05/30/2007 10:41:36 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: SandRat

Ping...


2 posted on 05/30/2007 10:42:45 PM PDT by Brad’s Gramma (See HiJinx's tag line....then DO it!!!!)
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To: Brad's Gramma

The boy knows who will not kill him but will save him.


3 posted on 05/30/2007 10:45:19 PM PDT by cpdiii (Pharmacist, Pilot, Geologist, Oil Field Trash and proud of it.)
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To: lowbridge

We haven`t a clue of what our guys are really going through and how they are responding to their responsibility. GOD BLESS THEM ALL


4 posted on 05/30/2007 10:45:28 PM PDT by neverhillorat (HILLORAT WINS, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: lowbridge

bttt


5 posted on 05/30/2007 10:46:56 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: cpdiii

If the trooper was following the wishs of the cut and run crowd, the trooper would have grapped the boy and thrown him into the gunfire. It`s that simple.


6 posted on 05/30/2007 10:49:33 PM PDT by neverhillorat (HILLORAT WINS, WE ALL LOSE)
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To: Calpernia
God bless these courageous, honor-draped warriors.

I wonder, Cal, what would be the result of a poll of the troops bearing the burden of this campaign to passify Iraq? Do you suppose their desire to finish this job would have any influence upon the leftist political exploiters of the DNC? No, Reid would still be seeking how to bring about democrat victory through our military's defeat. The bastard.

7 posted on 05/30/2007 10:50:58 PM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for others.)
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To: lowbridge

Good for the NYT for printing it.


8 posted on 05/30/2007 10:52:28 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (I would rather vote for Lindsay Lohan than Lindsey Graham.)
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To: lowbridge

BUMP to the top


9 posted on 05/30/2007 10:59:38 PM PDT by weegee (Libs want us to learn to live with terrorism, but if a gun is used they want to rewrite the Const.)
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To: neverhillorat
GOD BLESS THEM ALL

I second that. I've seen some awful videos/pictures on the internet lately from that part of the world--a failed beheading of a man, a homicide bomber's head blown off, a 12 year old beheading a man, a young girl stoned to death. Most days I don't even think about our poor guys over there and what they have to face. Some days it hits me like it did on Wednesday. I had just recently seen all these horrific things on the internet and then Mark Levin was playing the traditional songs from each branch and thanking our military for what they are doing. Our military are truly the best. It's awful that so many in our government try to undermine their mission.

10 posted on 05/30/2007 11:05:48 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: lowbridge

Very telling where the boy runs, with the crowd all heading the other way.

Shows me we aren’t as hated there as the moonbagt left says.

God Bless all of our boys and girls over there, “doing the job most American’s won’t do.”


11 posted on 05/30/2007 11:10:28 PM PDT by DakotaRed (Liberals don't rattle sabers, they wave white flags)
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To: lowbridge

That could be a national symbol.


12 posted on 05/30/2007 11:12:13 PM PDT by oyez
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To: lowbridge

Does-My-Heart-Good-to-see-our-troops-in-a-positive-light-PING! :*)


13 posted on 05/30/2007 11:13:39 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom, Bible Thumper and Proud to be an American! RUN, FRED, RUN!!!)
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To: lowbridge

The world, writ large


14 posted on 05/30/2007 11:20:06 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: lowbridge

The kid took shelter behind a hero. God bless them both.


15 posted on 05/30/2007 11:30:25 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: lowbridge

I'd like to be the first to propose the following:

  1. A statue should be made of this scene, and
  2. this statue should be placed at a future "Operation Iraqi Freedom" memorial to our fallen in this war.

16 posted on 05/30/2007 11:30:59 PM PDT by Yossarian (Everyday, somewhere on the globe, somebody is pushing the frontier of stupidity...)
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To: lowbridge

Are the folks over at moveon claiming that this is photoshop yet?

GOD BLESS THE MEN WHO SACRIFICE FOR US AND THOSE LIKE THIS IRAQI BOY - No Greater love!!!


17 posted on 05/30/2007 11:31:23 PM PDT by feedback doctor (I didn't leave the Republican Party, it left me)
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To: lowbridge
An amazing and touching set of photos! Look at the soldier standing upright and alert while everyone else runs!

These are going on my chi-pod so I can show some of the ratz at the local "Howling Moonbat" bar!

Thanks!

prisoner6

18 posted on 05/30/2007 11:32:03 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the Left fall out.)
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To: Yossarian
DITTOS! GREAT IDEA!

prisoner6

19 posted on 05/30/2007 11:33:27 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the Left fall out.)
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To: taxcontrol

We don’t see enough in the media about the special relationship between the soldier/ Marines and Iraqi children. Soldiers in Ramadi tell me that the kids aren’t afraid of the US military as the kids know that even in a gun battle the soldiers always avoid hurting children.

Throwing candy to the kids is disallowed because that would draw kids out into the street when Humvies are going by. But the kids do make signals that they want soccer balls thrown out to them and smile and wave at the convoys. They also climb and hang on the soldiers and Marines on foot patrol.

Also not reported enough are the many thanks our forces get from the local Iraqis for being here and saving them from being overrun by AQI.


20 posted on 05/30/2007 11:37:59 PM PDT by lajefa
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To: lowbridge
Some of the comments from the blog...

Don't worry little boy, John Wayne, I mean John McCain is coming to give you (8) more years of hell.

Round here,we call em Straitjacket McCain.

Posted by: Raving Loon | May 29, 2007 10:56:19 AM

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The symbolism would have been even more arresting if it had been an Iraqi politician hifding behind a US soldier. Unfortunately they're all too busy packing for their two month summer vacation while our soldiers continue to die at nearly the highest rate since March of 2003. There have been only 3 months since then where more US troops have died.

Posted by: Tony | May 29, 2007 11:22:47 AM

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Thanks Raving Loon for reminding us all how depressingly miserable left wingers are.

Posted by: JD | May 29, 2007 11:23:17 AM

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Is this evidence that the 'surge' is working?

Posted by: athena | May 29, 2007 11:29:54 AM

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JD, thanks for acknowledging your excitement that our troops are getting killed and blown up.

Posted by: Raving Loon | May 29, 2007 11:33:06 AM

I liked the one by JD the best, LOL!

prisoner6

21 posted on 05/30/2007 11:38:41 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the Left fall out.)
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To: prisoner6

Thanks.

I wonder what’s the best way to get the ball rolling on such a proposal? Or at least put in the public eye so that it’s remembered when the time comes for such things?


22 posted on 05/30/2007 11:39:05 PM PDT by Yossarian (Everyday, somewhere on the globe, somebody is pushing the frontier of stupidity...)
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To: lowbridge
An Iraqi boy seeks shelter behind the soldier, a member of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Smart boy, and one cool cat of a soldier!

23 posted on 05/30/2007 11:41:44 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Yossarian
Show the pics to everybody...talk it up...Copy them and send them to media in a proposal written as a press release.

Maybe find an artist who would be willing to begin work pro bono until things got going.

Let me think about this...it's a fnatastic idea! It would be nice if we could find the names of the soldier and the boy.

Oh, and of course there's probably that little "AP owining the rights thingy" but as Trump said, "Everything can be negotiated.",p> prisoner6

24 posted on 05/30/2007 11:43:50 PM PDT by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the Left fall out.)
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To: Yossarian

EXCELLENT IDEA!


25 posted on 05/30/2007 11:46:52 PM PDT by NordP (The greatest gift God can give us is LIFE. The greatest gift man can give to another is FREEDOM.)
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To: lowbridge; Yossarian

Great picture, thanks. Wonderful idea about the statue.


26 posted on 05/31/2007 12:01:00 AM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: lowbridge

American fighting men are just bad ass. End of story.


28 posted on 05/31/2007 12:19:47 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: japster

Signed up just for that? Weak sauce there, punky!


29 posted on 05/31/2007 12:21:48 AM PDT by Uriah_lost ("build bridges where you can - but draw lines where you must." -Fred D Thompson)
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To: Yossarian

Ditto That!


30 posted on 05/31/2007 12:23:07 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: lowbridge; JennieOsborne; politicallyincarrect; /\XABN584; 3D-JOY; 5Madman; <1/1,000,000th%; ...

There is so much symbolism in this picutre that I will not attempt to describe it in words, The old saying that a picture is worth 1000 words, well in this case, the picture is worth an entire volume of U.S. History yet to be written.

FReegards,

Passing it on..

David C. Osborne


31 posted on 05/31/2007 1:10:56 AM PDT by davidosborne (DavidOsborne.net)
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To: lowbridge

I just e-mailed this to the world.


32 posted on 05/31/2007 2:52:55 AM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8...down to 3..GWB, we hardly knew ye...)
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To: davidosborne

BTTT


33 posted on 05/31/2007 2:53:33 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: lowbridge

Good find. The second one is the better of the two, imo.


34 posted on 05/31/2007 3:06:42 AM PDT by don-o (“I don`t expect politicians to solve anyone's problems.The world owes us nothing” Bob Dylan)
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To: lowbridge

i tell you something...that guy has a pair...i am no coward, but i am not even in the junior leagues compared to that chap...f***** fearless warrior...i bet my house he is the type of guy that never has his rifle on auto...his idea of opening up is a 3 rounder...and spot on..no shaky hands there...jeeze what an image...

i know there is a lot of in house competition marines, vs 82 vs 101 vs rangers etc...but thanks sweet Jesus we have each and every one of them...god bless them all..


35 posted on 05/31/2007 3:24:26 AM PDT by Irishguy (How do ya LIKE THOSE APPLES!!!!)
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To: Yossarian

> I’d like to be the first to propose the following:

I second that.


36 posted on 05/31/2007 3:27:00 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: lowbridge

"Get away kid! US troops murder kids in Cold Blood!"


37 posted on 05/31/2007 3:27:38 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: lowbridge
Great Picture.

The sad reality is that is that kid could have been a suicide bomber.

God bless our heroes!

38 posted on 05/31/2007 3:36:06 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Choose life!)
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To: lowbridge

There are TWO boys sheltering behind our hero. See that boy in the shorts to the left of the soldier, in the top picture? Look at the second picture and you will see his legs on the right behind the soldier. Most of his body is covered by the kid in front.

My son says the people over there just love us. The kids think we’re great.


39 posted on 05/31/2007 3:38:54 AM PDT by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ "There is no honor for the man who runs from battle." Spc. Josh Lott)
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To: lowbridge

BTTT


40 posted on 05/31/2007 3:51:57 AM PDT by Ben Chad
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To: cpdiii

MAKES MY HEART SING WITH PRIDE..GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!


41 posted on 05/31/2007 3:52:52 AM PDT by FES0844 (FES0844)
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To: lowbridge

God Bless this man and all of the troops. I have the highest admiration for all of them.


42 posted on 05/31/2007 3:55:48 AM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: lowbridge
Thanks for posting these pictures. My nephew is serving with the 82nd AB in Iraq right now. Check the top of my homepage for his picture.
43 posted on 05/31/2007 4:02:36 AM PDT by DocRock (All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 ... Go ahead, look it up!)
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To: Yossarian

I agree! Excellent idea!

Terrorist use little boys like this as human shields.

The soldier stands tall as a shield & beacon to freedom.

The juxtaposition is truly astounding.


44 posted on 05/31/2007 4:09:53 AM PDT by EBH (May God Save Our Country)
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To: lowbridge

God Bless Our Troops....


45 posted on 05/31/2007 4:12:29 AM PDT by PigRigger (Donate to http://www.AdoptAPlatoon.org - The Troops have our front covered, let's guard their backs!)
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To: MHGinTN

It doesn’t have influence. They have heard from the troops.

Example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh1dWrf-k_E
From an Army Rangers mouth about Iraq

The leftist politicals have a lot to lose.


46 posted on 05/31/2007 4:20:44 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: lowbridge

Must see Bump.


47 posted on 05/31/2007 4:37:59 AM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: davidosborne

Thanks for the ping. Indeed a special photo.


48 posted on 05/31/2007 4:46:33 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (Have you have gotten mixed up in a mish-masher?)
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To: lowbridge
Picture of the year.

It was a picture of a cop rescuing a kid in the Daily News back in the sixties that inspired me to try the NYPD. This should be seen by every all our young...America at its best.

And, as an aside, a reminder that war journalists deserve some credit for their own brass. Too often freepers trash these guys, especially on threads about one of them killed or kidnapped. Somebody put his life in the soup to bring us this image.

49 posted on 05/31/2007 4:47:13 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: txzman

bttt


50 posted on 05/31/2007 4:51:06 AM PDT by Guenevere (Duncan Hunter for President, 2008!!)
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