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Afghanistan, August, 2010

With four months left in the year, 2010 is already the deadliest year yet for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. 321 have been killed so far (out of 485 total coalition deaths), compared with 313 deaths in all of 2009. As coalition troop size has increased, and moves have been made into Taliban strongholds, attacks are on the rise, and, according to General David Petraeus, "the footprint of the Taliban has spread". As combat operations in Iraq have now ended, the Obama administration says it will focus even more of its attention on the nearly 9-year-old conflict in Afghanistan. Collected here are images of the country and conflict over the past month, part of an ongoing monthly series on Afghanistan. This month marks the 12th entry in the series - I've been putting these together for one year now, and see no reason to stop any time soon. (42 photos total)

Abdul Qahar, an interpreter with Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, finds one of the few shaded spots during Operation Big Wave in Khanagawr, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2010. During the operation the men spent two days in direct sunlight with temperatures reaching more than 120 degrees. The operation was conducted to disrupt the enemy from using supply lines to bring weapons and fighters into Nawa. (U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Mark Fayloga)
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167 comments so far...
1.

#15 you can feel their pain. really sad but good picture.

Posted by lip September 1, 10 01:07 PM
2.

Moving imagery, as always.

Posted by Tom September 1, 10 01:16 PM
3.

una vez mas, que buenas fotos!

Posted by Eltoncio September 1, 10 01:18 PM
4.

When will America learn not to invade, transgress, and meddle with the affairs of other nations and territories?

This is sad.

US military generals never seem to have read Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War'. No invading force in the history of the world has ever won a protracted war.

Posted by Sid September 1, 10 01:21 PM
5.

Us being attacked obviously had nothing to do with it Sid...

Posted by Don September 1, 10 01:30 PM
6.

heros.

Posted by Matt September 1, 10 01:45 PM
7.

Thank BG... It's sad pics...

Posted by michael September 1, 10 01:53 PM
8.

Sid have you seen the gaping hole in NYC left by the terrorists who trained and were harbored in Afghanistan?

My brothers and I do not put ourselves on the line for empire building.

We risk all so others may live better lives.

Posted by Lt, USMC September 1, 10 01:58 PM
9.

Blood, death, pain, hate... that is all what war brings to the world.

Posted by Joe September 1, 10 02:04 PM
10.

Humanity is the looser on both ends.....

Posted by Faisal Saeed September 1, 10 02:05 PM
11.

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE?
(words and music by Pete Seeger)

Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing. Where have all the flowers gone? Long time ago. Where have all the flowers gone? Girls have picked them every one. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? Where have all the young girls gone? Long time passing. Where have all the young girls gone? Long time ago. Where have all the young girls gone? Taken husbands every one. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? Where have all the young men gone? Long time passing. Where have all the young men gone? Long time ago. Where have all the young men gone? Gone for soldiers every one. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? Where have all the soldiers gone? Long time passing. Where have all the soldiers gone? Long time ago. Where have all the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards every one. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? Where have all the graveyards gone? Long time passing. Where have all the graveyards gone? Long time ago. Where have all the graveyards gone? Covered with flowers every one. When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn?

©1961 (Renewed) Fall River Music Inc
All Rights Reserved.

Posted by Paolo September 1, 10 02:13 PM
12.

thanks again for the pics. i love the afghanistan series, people need to know how life really is over there. really good set this time. thanks for sharing.

Posted by maltman September 1, 10 02:17 PM
13.

Amazing photos, these are so important to show everyone what is going on.

Posted by Quatguy September 1, 10 02:18 PM
14.

#10, 33 are just plain sad...
What is man trying to achieve with all this?

Posted by Peace September 1, 10 02:20 PM
15.

Heartbreaking.

Posted by Jeffe September 1, 10 02:23 PM
16.

42 pictures. 12 dealing with wounded soldiers. 6 dealing with wounded Afghans. 24 for everything else.

I realize that it is a terrible thing whenever a soldier is wounded or killed, but perhaps you should pay more attention to the myriad other things relevant to this war.

Pictures of wounded or killed soldiers should be a part of your presentations. I question your level of emphasis.

The price of not taking action now in Afghanistan is now much higher than doing so.

It's a horrible situation, so please don't try to make it worse by concentrating so heavily on the price that our soldiers are paying for our freedom.

I suggest you concentrate more on the great majority of our soldiers who are alive and doing their best, on the great Afghan people, who have suffered so much for so long, and on the achievements we have made there.

I acknowledge that those achievements are under threat. How much greater do we make the threat if we concentrate so heavily on casualties?

Posted by Rich September 1, 10 02:29 PM
17.

#17 is gut-wrenching.

Posted by Kay September 1, 10 02:38 PM
18.

@Rich: "It's a horrible situation, so please don't try to make it worse by concentrating so heavily on the price that our soldiers are paying for our freedom. "

Wonder what you mean with "our freedom". Where do you live, Afghanistan?

Posted by Dennis September 1, 10 02:49 PM
19.

Very moving...

Posted by Jake September 1, 10 03:01 PM
20.

#40 is a great photo.

Posted by Scott September 1, 10 03:06 PM
21.

The plant in #2 is covering up the enormous grin on that soldier's face.

Posted by mdmadph September 1, 10 03:14 PM
22.

This is the first time I have cried looking at the Afghanistan series. It is all so painful and pointless. These images are a powerful statement against war and its horrors. I salute the troops and all those who care for them; would that soon it will not be necessary to post pictures such as these.

Posted by Ellen September 1, 10 03:19 PM
23.

This is one of the more poignant and varied galleries of war photos in a while. Good selections.

Photo #24 was screened out as possibly distressful to viewers. Photo #33 was not. This leads one to wonder about the sensitivities of your editor. Was it his intent to show relative respect? Is the suicide death of an enemy combatant, and/or body parts, more distressful than that of a mortally wounded U.S. Marine? For visual impact, and a sense of presence and grisly details, photo #32 may exceed either of the other two photos. However it was not screened.

Posted by Ken Williamson September 1, 10 03:23 PM
24.

The Chinese 孙子兵法(Sun zi art of war) should have instructions on how to fight an army like the Taliban. P.S No.15 is Sad.

Posted by rock September 1, 10 03:25 PM
25.

That's where exacerbated patriotism leads.... (cfr #16)

Posted by Thomas September 1, 10 03:42 PM
26.

fotos impresionantes, hasta cuando no van a parar.
muy buenos reportajes.
me gustaria que hagan algun repor taje en españa. gracias.
juan antonio

Posted by juan antonio September 1, 10 03:46 PM
27.

Sid, read LT of USMC's comment. Sun Tzu's Art of War, if you really read it, and take into context in the way ancient Asians conduct war would be very brutal and barbaric. It's kill everything and rule with fear. Our military leadership, for your info, study not only war but strategies used from ancient to modern warfare. Sun Tzu's Art of War is but a speck of knowledge in conducting warfare.

And those who dare speak against our soldiers, you have a short memory of the threat that was almost on our necks on Sept. 11, 2001. We do not want war but it was on our doorsteps on that day. I would rather have the war against those who want to annihilate us and our way of life over there than here. Now, if anyone does not agree with this I suggest you step out of the comfort of this country and see these places. Women would be second class citizens in most of them. Many are too comfortably protected in this country lacking knowledge, brought about by first hand experience, that will make them see the sacrifice and efforts of their military and the freedom and abundance of this country.

What the enemy is fighting for is jihad in order to move forward a fanatical belief in a religion which rules with fear, death and forced submission to all the continents of the world. And that includes America. It's happening in the Philippines too. Believe it or not. The ideology of make peace not war does not exist in that belief. The way the enemy conducts war does not respect who you are, does not respect innocent men, women and children. They don't hate us for bringing war over there. It's because of their extreme belief that America is the Big Satan with all our sins, excesses, freedom, sexual immorality, etc. We are marked next to Israel-the lone democracy in the M.E.


Posted by Anonymous September 1, 10 03:46 PM
28.

fotos impresionantes, hasta cuando no van a parar.
muy buenos reportajes.
me gustaria que hagan algun repor taje en españa. gracias.
juan antonio

Posted by juan antonio September 1, 10 03:47 PM
29.

Pain & sorrow.
But the world is like it is - this has to be done, and America made the right choice.

Hundred thousand died when the US liberated us Germans from the Austrian Dictator Adolf H. But America did the right choice.

With respect to the troops over there in Afghanistan,
Greetings from Germany.

Posted by Klaus September 1, 10 03:48 PM
30.

Amazing, strong selection of imagery. Got to have a lot of heart and moral strength to shoot some of this stuff.

Posted by Luis September 1, 10 04:20 PM
31.

Sid, your arguments are as outdated as Sun Tzu's, if Sun Tzu ever lived at all. This Chinese treatise on war was written over 2,000 years ago--long before intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. Protecting one's own borders now requires a different, proactive, and international perspective on defense that was unimaginable then. It won't be it won't be too much longer until some country, or a coalition of countries, bombs Iran's nuclear weapons factories due to that fact.

If nationless movements of murderers are allowed the freedom to build, train, and equip itself with modern weapons for their stated goal of destroying your country; and if that activity is ongoing within the borders of a country that either allows such activities or is powerless to prevent it; the rational societies they are targeting will not wait for the inevitable, they will do something proactive to mitigate the risk.

Besides, isn't it the Taliban who are invading Afghanistan, and not the Coalition forces?

And, yes, I agree with most of the posters here: these photos are gut wrenching. War is hell, and has always been so. But unchecked aggressors build gas chambers to murder in the hundreds of thousands; dig and fill mass graves with unnumbered corpses of men, women, and children; and nowadays construct first-strike nuclear weapons that they will have little compunction in using to carry out their stated goals of genocide.

Brave men and women of many countries are present in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world to stand up to the bullies who would perpetrate mass destruction on us and our friends. I honor these warriors, peacekeepers, and NGO humanitarians and their commitment to a better world. And depicted graphically in these photos you see how much this commitment costs many of them, and their families.

Posted by Steve September 1, 10 04:21 PM
32.

The photos of grieving family members (regardless of country) just kill me. There is no sense to war, and anyone who starts a war has already lost their morality and humanity; they're murderers, nothing else.

Posted by Julia September 1, 10 04:38 PM
33.

To the people who think that this sort of bloodshed is justified 9 years on since 2001 and responding to my comment. Yes, 9/11 was absolutely horrendous and the perpetrators of it and the Taliban regime needed to be destroyed. However, it has been almost a decade since. The world is a better place without people like Saddam and the Taliban no doubt. However, does anyone realize even for one second that this has no end? At least no end in sight.

Iraq was unnecessary and not justified. Saddam would have died one day anyway and it has been proven that he wasn't behind 9/11. What did the US gain from invading Iraq? Absolutely nothing. Neither did the Iraqi people. They may have gained freedom from Saddam but at what price? Iraq has become a hellhole.

The world's most powerful country and military force cannot win two wars and bring peace in this long? Doesn't that tell you something? Doesn't anyone remember Vietnam?

What is our obsession with going around the world "making other people's lives better" ?

Think again.

Posted by Sid September 1, 10 05:27 PM
34.

Australia is grateful for the sacrifice.

Posted by Rick September 1, 10 05:43 PM
35.

# Lt, USMC

Wrong. Ben Laden was trained by the CIA and paid by Saudian friends.

Posted by Paco September 1, 10 05:47 PM
36.

Many thanks to the Boston Glob for truly touching us with all these incredible photos about the true values Islam and keeping us reminded that we all are human and we all feel pain and joy regardless of religion / faith / color / citizenship. The photo that mostly touched my heart and always does is feeling the grieving pain of others. I wish all peace (Salam).

Once again, thanks to the Boston Glob.

Karl Hardt
NJ

Posted by Karl September 1, 10 06:24 PM
37.

God bless those Servicemen and their families. Thank you for your tremendous sacrifice, from a US civilian.

Posted by Kevin September 1, 10 06:30 PM
38.

@32 War is terrible, and like has already been said, always has been. Having said that, I personally think its hard for the majority of people who don't really know what happens on the ground to make judgements about the question: is the removal of the Taliban worth this suffering. I think that most coalition soldiers would say it is. It would be interesting to hear the views of Afghani civilians and soldiers, as they can compare the Taliban regime and now. Perhaps there is a lesson for America in this (though it is doubtful it will be learnt) in equipping the Taliban/Mujahideen in the '80s to fight a proxy war with the Soviets. Your enemies enemy may become your enemy!

Posted by Englishman September 1, 10 07:06 PM
39.

To poster number 4,
You mention 'when will the US learn to not invade, transgress, etc'...how many times has the US actually invaded another country? You can count it on your hand. The US is a young country too...look at European and Middle Eastern countries that have been invading, meddling, and transgressing for thousands of years on others. Learn some history before you make stupid comments.

Secondly, it's not a prolonged 'war'. There is a huge, huge, huge difference between war, occupation, and insurrection. Iraq's war ended in days, after that, it was an insurrection, not a war. Afghanistan is the same situation, the war ended, what still goes on is an insurrection. This happens in nearly every country in every war in all of history. And prolonged occupation may or may not work, it worked for the Romans, the Persians, and several others for quite a long time. It depends on who is fighting and what the reason behind it is. The Taliban are not a rebel group fighting for their freedom from oppressors (in that case, prolonged war is much harder), they 'are' the oppressors trying to regain their power. If the people of Afghanistan can fight them off with the help of the US and UN, then the people fighting for their freedom will come out on top eventually.

Posted by Jena September 1, 10 07:11 PM
40.

Vietnam is not even remotely comparable to Iraq or Afghanistan. Vietnam was not a US war from the start, it was a French war and the US was asked to help out their ally then got too caught up in France's screw up. There was no winner or loser in that war, (at least as far as countries are concerned, people were the losers) the US withdrew. Withdrawal does not mean defeat. The problem with too many people is not understanding what the definition of words are.

Posted by John September 1, 10 07:17 PM
41.

Blood shed always brings bloodshed. Peace and love cannot be purchased by Guns and aggression...Pics are depicting: We need to think world

by irfan Pakistan

Posted by irfan September 1, 10 07:55 PM
42.

Why?

Posted by Hudson Gardner September 1, 10 07:59 PM
43.

I realize this is somewhat irreverant given the context of the photos, but #25 made me pause. I thought it was very interesting that a culture that is reputed to be above-average in the homophobia department had such metro-looking hairstyle advertisements.

Posted by Michelle September 1, 10 08:26 PM
44.

In #19, the Afghan policeman on patrol with the melon looks very stoned. I've heard that it's a real problem on these joint patrols. The Afghan forces will get stoned before going out on patrol and then act silly.

Posted by Nicholas September 1, 10 08:33 PM
45.

Shame on the politicians who sends our sons and daughters to die while their presence incites more dissidence in a land where our occupation is considered an invasion by the native residents.

This bloodshed will never end until the American public stops sitting in front of their video games and TVs and starts electing politicians not influenced by corporate interests.

Posted by George September 1, 10 08:37 PM
46.

The war over good and evil is never ending and for the good side to become apathetic to the presence of evil, simply because of its persistence, is a loss.

Posted by Sean September 1, 10 08:57 PM
47.

Where are all the moslems who commented on the last entry on the beauty of islam? This trouble is caused by radical islamists. Do you have an explanation? I would like to hear it.

Posted by Just Wondering September 1, 10 09:12 PM
48.

Poignant pics. Incredibly emotive. Obviously, from the comments at least. Perhaps instead of beating a dead horse and yeah guys, its real dead, you should be looking at the now. Afghanistan is hurting on so many levels. I salute all the men and women in our world who have stepped forward to deal with the military aspect and the humanitarians who have helped in all areas from medical to education. Before the Russian invasion of the "70's it was a pretty western style country. Beautiful cities lots of green space etc. Since then its been a living hell. For the average 40 year old they have never known a world without war. Now, thats the now. And its wrong. It would be just as wrong to do nothing, like we did for twenty years under the Taliban. Cheers to our armed forces and the resilient people of Afghanistan.

Posted by Myste September 1, 10 09:18 PM
49.

The war over good and evil is never ending and for the good side to become apathetic to the presence of evil, simply because of its persistence, is a loss.

Posted by Sean September 1, 10 09:22 PM
50.

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE !!!...BEAUTIFUL PICTURES, SHOW PAIN AND SUFFERING AND SACRIFICES. GOD BLESS ALL THAT PEOPLE AND OUR BELOVED SOLDIERS. HEARTBREAKING AND THEY SHOW NOTHING WHAT THE HORRORS OF WAR ARE....CAN'T DISGUISE OR SUGAR COAT WHAT IT IS...

Posted by LOVE TEXAS 05 September 1, 10 09:46 PM
51.

ASI COMO VAN, NO ESPEREN MAS QUE ODIO HACIA USTEDES QUE DICEN SER CIVILIZADOS

Posted by DANIEL DESDE LA GRAN AEGENTINA September 1, 10 09:52 PM
52.

They are reaping the 'benefits' of their own deeds.. be it America or Afghanistan

Posted by Sooraj September 1, 10 11:13 PM
53.

GOD DAMN IT!!!

Superb photos..!!!

Photos worth thousand WORD!!!

Posted by Fajar September 2, 10 12:21 AM
54.

They have to eat at TGI Fridays? My God, these soldiers are braver than I ever could have imagined.

Posted by Carl September 2, 10 12:31 AM
55.

What and whose freedom are you people talking about? On pretext of 9/11 (which is not even proved that Taliban did it) Americans & Allies created a big big mess in Pakistan and Afghanistan. And what do you people think that war which US government have staged in Afghanistan will not bring pain and suffering to them? Without doubt it will get more painful then Vietnam or any other war US have fought.

Be happy that currently US & allies are only fighting Taliban, worry about the day when Pakistan Army will stand up against oppression of your government! Currently US Army attack ill equipped Taliban with Apachees, F-16's and armoured vehicls, with Afghan & Pak Army as human shield for them, yet your service man are killed because they are also made of flesh & bones, why do you people think that war will not bring same pain to US Army? Without doubt situation will get very very grim for Americans once Pakistan Army stands up.

Just yesterday there was a bomb blast in Lahore... and everyone here in Pakistan knows who did it.... it's not Taliban, not any other Muslims, American mercenries like BlackWater (now Xe) and dyncorp are creating a daily 9/11 in Pakistan..... why no accountability for that?

Why your soldiers should not feel pain? Are they innocent? They have already killed more then million in Pakistan and Afghanistan together. Why does only Americans deserve happy families, love, healthy life? What about our people? Why your government and Army is killing Muslims? They buy our rulers out of petty dollars and use our Army as your human sheild? And don't give lame excuse that your freedom is at stake, it is a big big lie which your government have put you people into... Read 'Shock Doctrine by Naomi Kline'

The day is not far when Pakistan will be ruled by sincere rulers, who will rule justly and will teach a serious lesson to Americans that never to meddle into the affairs of others.

WE DO NOT WANT YOUR MURDEROUS FREEDOM & DEMOCRACY.

Posted by Abdullah September 2, 10 01:21 AM
56.

Aggression is part of the human psyche and has been since we lived in caves and fought each other over who had the best cave or the biggest chunk of Woolly Mammoth.
So to those who decry warfare, get real and accept the fact that to act aggressively and to defend that aggression with force is part of our DNA - it's in our genetic code and all the outpouring of "Why do we do it???!" will not stop it happening. Ever.

Posted by Trevor September 2, 10 01:45 AM
57.

What the hell are American troops doing in Afghanistan?
looking for resources? looking for money?
.
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Why America starts these stupid wars in middle east?
have you ever think?
.
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do you know about the mineral richness of Afghanistan or Oil reserves of Iraq and Iran?

Posted by Mehdi September 2, 10 01:56 AM
58.

Why American still needs to drag on in these meaningless wars.

Save your economy and return home to your loved one. Direct the resources to fellas who are in need of basic heath and education.

Hope this series will end soon, though as always, great and touching pix you have here.

Posted by seikomatic September 2, 10 02:00 AM
59.

Heartbreaking but beautiful pictures. Ya Allah please protect us and have mercy over us. Please be with those who are in need of You and protect them well. Ya Allah save those are in pain and those who are hungry please provide for them. Ya Allah those who have passed on please put nur in their kabr and save them from the punishment of it. Ya Allah strengthen our Imaan and save us all from the day of Judgment for Thee alone do we worship and Thee alone do we ask for help. Ya Allah Shukr for everything you have given me for I indeed are one of the lucky few. Ameen.

Posted by Fadila Hendricks September 2, 10 02:40 AM
60.

Hope to end the war in Iraq to resume as soon as possible. Mainly economic.

Posted by 减震器 September 2, 10 03:16 AM
61.

There is no one right way to live.
Our way is not the only right way. Everybody has the right to live their own way. Why can't we let them live the way they want to live? Why do we think that democracy is the only right way and everybody should live that way?
This deadly meme is the cause of all this. And this deadly meme is the one of the deadly memes that will drive humanity into extinction sooner or later.

Posted by Ntbr September 2, 10 03:40 AM
62.

Absolutely stunning photography. Set aside the political machinations and think for a moment of the HUMAN cost. I had the privilege of working with the MEF in Iraq and in the US. There are some far sighted guys in that Corps.

Loss is a permanent scar. I've seen plenty of it at home to know. Quite courage: it's priceless and dignified.

Posted by Tim Easlea September 2, 10 04:14 AM
63.

This monthly view of images from Afghanistan is among the best insight any media outlet offers. But I have to ask:

why does a picture of the severed leg of a suicide bomber carry a warning that the content is "graphic or objectionable", while images of a critically wounded Marine do not ?

Posted by Arrivng inf AFG on 10 Sep September 2, 10 05:08 AM
64.

why are they in afghanistan? What for?

Posted by serhan September 2, 10 06:01 AM
65.

@44 Nicholas:
Why else did you think they are called "joint" patrols?

Posted by BGE September 2, 10 06:19 AM
66.

Photo 37: photos of solders with guns and holy books always scare the crap out of me.

Posted by David Lawson September 2, 10 06:26 AM
67.

In every War that has been fought in history,the ones who suffered most are innocent civilians and brave soldiers.No matter to which country these people might belong, the end result is that humanity only suffers.

Posted by RAJ September 2, 10 06:43 AM
68.

The world would be a better place without religion. Religion is a tool for the power-trippers, brainwashing the masses into doing just about anything, putting up with being held back, treated like objects, just for their false gods.

All these pointless deaths just because of a non-existent god. The human race has such a long, long way to go.

Posted by Worm September 2, 10 06:43 AM
69.

war is brutal it hurts to see the mess it has created

Posted by Noel lemuya September 2, 10 07:03 AM
70.

i feel sad for the people in afghanistan but not for those fighting on foreign soil for some shady arguments. you cannot win a war in this region. the russians were just the most recent that tried and failed. the coalition is doing the same mistakes again. but then it is a good thing to employ people, have a huge industry back home where not even a handful of planes chrashed some skyscrapers. even with the honest approach of eye-for-an-eye i think the US should have settled that score by now a hundredfold. anything happened since 9/11 on your home soil? not really, huh? but you still destroy the land, soil, houses, families and everything else of people that have done nothing against you. no matter how you put it, the coalition forces are fighting a straight forward invasion war.

Posted by Chenzen September 2, 10 07:10 AM
71.

So much pain, so much grief.......the photos are magnificant but also hard to look at. #15 hit me especially hard....the look of total sorrow and loss.

Posted by utah September 2, 10 08:22 AM
72.

PIX #NUMBER #19

THAT'S THE LIFE: MASHINE GUN AND A WATERMELON!!!

That guy has got its made!

SRSLY though: we voted for Obama to stop this so was is it continuing on? Everyone knows he loves peace and hates war. Everyone knows that he's already the best president since Good Ol' Abe, not least because of actually using the govt for good and n ot evil like Dubbyuh [eg - healthcare to the elderly, helping with my mortgage, lowering the interest rates, keeping gas prices in check [unlike Dubbya, again!], and for promoting humanity and hating suffering [unlike Dubbya, again!].

The guy won the Nobel peace prize for gosh's sake! He's brave, illustrious, great, brilliant, and more than anything else: A HUMAN!

So I have to ask again: WHY DOES OBAMA NOT TAKE US OUT OF THE WAR AND LEAVE THOSE POOR AFGANS ALONE???

Posted by River Dancer September 2, 10 08:37 AM
73.

PICTURE 37 could be captioned "a Christian with a gun, typical." The previous entry, Ramadan 2010, could be summed up as: "the beautiful and peaceful religion."

No, there's no bias here at all.

Posted by ryan September 2, 10 08:50 AM
74.

@Abdullah #55

That was a joke right?

Sincerely,

A Smarter Person

Posted by ryan September 2, 10 08:57 AM
75.

I just want to ask one thing, to the servicepeople who've served in the field:
Do you think we are winning or losing this war?

Posted by o'flynn September 2, 10 09:34 AM
76.

it's truly so sad to see them young people killed there is never no winners..now there safe at home amen..

Posted by moeshere September 2, 10 11:10 AM
77.

devastating pictures. well done once again.

Posted by Jilli September 2, 10 11:41 AM
78.

To n°40. Vietnam war was a US war. The french stopped their colonial war by deciding to simply withdraw, and as a consequence, Vietnam was split in 2 states, communism in the north, and south under US influence.
Then the US decided to support the South to protect them against communist influence. A second war started. These 2 wars were very different, with different goals and different players.
Actually, the US did NOT help the french army, ( the french asked for aerial support during Dien Bien Fu that was declined by the US governement) and were happy to see the french influence in that area declining. Until they started having problems...

Posted by Yrduba September 2, 10 11:46 AM
79.

Worm, it's amazing that religion is constantly blamed for the woes of mankind. Think about it, hitler, stalin, tojo, mao, pol pot, idi amin, mugabe, etc. in the last century alone were responsible for the deaths of possibly half a billion humans.

These pictures illustrate the sacrafice that some men and women make to help others have a better life. Unfortunately these sacrafices are quite often scoffed at by those that think human nature has changed in the last ten thousand years. It hasn't and probably never will.

We will rue the day when good people stop sacraficing for others.

Posted by Bobber September 2, 10 12:05 PM
80.

Also to poster #40:
You're an idiot. When an army flees the field of battle regardless of the situation, it's generally called "losing". The US lost the Vietnam War -- to say anything else is dillusional.

I haven't any idea what the right answer is in Afghanistan. My gut says, "leave" but my moral core believes that that course of action would be disastrous to the people of Afghanistan. Nevertheless, if the situation doesn't change dramatically in this next year, the US will "lose" the war in Afghanistan.

Posted by William Charles September 2, 10 12:46 PM
81.

victims of greed.

Posted by as September 2, 10 01:00 PM
82.

RIP to the fallen.

Posted by Ash September 2, 10 01:24 PM
83.

Iraq was about oil; Afghanistan is about lithium.

The Taliban are murderous scum, misogynistic Nazis in turbans—a parallel to the Right Wing Christian movement in the United States.

War brings nothing but death. Death does not preserve life.

Look in the mirror and see the dark circles under the weary eyes, the lines of worry, the downturned corners of mouths. This is the legacy of humanity. Is this what we are preserving?

God did not want it this way, but we will never know what God "wants" until we stop pretending like we know. Death, suffering, punishment are all human inventions. God has nothing to do with it. We make Him ashamed by doing Great Injustices in His name.

Posted by Prophet September 2, 10 01:37 PM
84.

Photo #40 is a great shot! Look how that kid is so relaxed by his father's side??? I hope they reach home safely...

Posted by Al September 2, 10 02:30 PM
85.

# 11
the face of the soldier in the left side
Sad......
F*ckin USA government, Spain and all the others

Posted by Sadamm Hussein September 2, 10 02:32 PM
86.

the best journalist photo blog on the internet!!

Posted by la September 2, 10 04:35 PM
87.

Que tan fotos ecepcionales A Pesar De Que muestran Una realida es la opurtunidad del fotografo y Periodista de Dejar Su Lado Humano Una informar y ponerse A Trabajar. Saludos CADA UNO uno de ELLOS .

Posted by luis alberto santander espinosa September 2, 10 04:52 PM
88.

Loved pic #40!!!!!

Posted by Tatiana Jaramillo September 2, 10 05:08 PM
89.

I would do anything (and I mean anything) to protect my children.
That includes NOT going off to war.
How can these people go off and leave young children behind ?
Different story if the threat to your child was a direct one - then I could understand.
So sad.
And what an awful world we live in.

Posted by Stephen September 2, 10 05:47 PM
90.

This kind of pictures always make me cry. So much pain and sadness.

Posted by Jon September 2, 10 05:56 PM
91.

This fotos are sad and pain , god bles all this ppl . with respect from Albania

Posted by Mirton September 2, 10 07:11 PM
92.

comment # 42 gave me chills.
amongst the debating, that comment has the most heart and soul.

Posted by Mie September 2, 10 07:26 PM
93.

All you people who claim that Taliban is the 'aggressor' are delusional, perhaps deliberately so. Who is the Taliban? Are these Mexican immigrants? Perhaps they crossed over from Guatemala???
The Taliban are just Afghanis who follow an extreme form of Sharia law and want to enforce it all over the country. If Afghanis really wanted to oust Taliban, they would have done it on their own terms. American attack was out of revenge, to go after al-qaeda. To justify it as something else now is a form of severe self-delusion. Not to mention that its the Soviet and US meddling in Afghanistan that created this armed mutation anyway. The mujahideen, those great friends of the US, became al-Qaeda and Taliban, with Pakistan's help.

And that fellow who said that the US interventions could be counted on fingers...dont make me laugh. There isnt a single continent (other than Australia perhaps), where the American economic and armed intervention hasnt created despotic and broke governments. Do some reading before spouting rhetoric.

Posted by Sparsh September 2, 10 11:48 PM
94.

#40
it took 15 years between the French departure from Indochina and the first serious US engagements there. The French didn't ask for help during their period there because the US gave already one, it was a common fight against communism in the Korea war context. The Brits were fighting in Malaysia at that time too. The US intervention in Vietnam was a proxy war with China and Russia during the Cold War, and the US intervention has very little to do with the post WWII French intervention in a completely different context. Besides the US LOST that war, despite late successes. They were tricked by the commies and Nixon/Kissinger were aware of the backstabbing US liberal opinion winning terrain and gave up.
So please check facts before you lecture people..

Posted by french connection September 3, 10 12:15 AM
95.

War has taught me to appreciate things like clean running water, nutrious meals, electricity, a cozy bed, my job, my health, daily showers, my home, the comfort of blissfully sleeping through the night without worries of rocket attacks and, of course, the love of my family.

Any news on a sewage treatment center at Kandahar Air Field? Last I heard there were 20,000 troops there and a huge pond of raw sewage in the center of the airfield. As if spending time there isn't bad enough, smelling/breathing that sewage can only make it more miserable.

Thanks for the informative monthly photos.

Posted by Jen September 3, 10 12:43 AM
96.

War for peace???!!!
They don't go hand-in-hand.
Taliban sucks...and US sucks, too!
You both teams have passion for your early graves...that's all!!

Posted by Neutral Judge September 3, 10 01:29 AM
97.

Why? Why do nothing? Ask yourself why would anyone want freedom to say what he or she believes, with out fear of death. Soldiers die for their beliefs, not cry for some self-serving belief.

Posted by Disgusted September 3, 10 01:39 AM
98.

Okay, I'm confused.

We have a photo of bits and pieces of a suicide bomber that CHOSE to blow HIMSELF up, blacked out for it's potentially objectionable material, and we have TWO photos of a Marine in the process of dying, NOT by his own choice and NOT self-inflicted.

I'm a former newspaper photojournalist (not from a Podunk little rag) and I'm former military (two separate periods of my life). I find it objectionable that you felt a dying Marine was less bothersome than fragments of a terrorist. It's not that I have objections to the photos of the Marine - painful photos serve a strong purpose - but your choice of warnings is a bit puzzling, to say the least, and to be honest, somewhat insulting.

Which family is most likely to see a photo of their dead loved-one? I doubt that many Afghanis visit The Big Picture, but plenty of Americans - maybe even the parents of the marine - visit this blog. Yes, run both photos, and yes, insert a warning... for BOTH.

Bad editorial decision. Shame on you. I would appreciate a response by email.

Posted by David A. Barak September 3, 10 01:56 AM
99.

We went to war for a false reason. Better to clean up all the so called "no go areas" in the USA than to let 4000 USA soldiers die in a country thta doesn't want us.

Wich war is next ?

Posted by Tom Gefferson September 3, 10 02:01 AM
100.

I truly feel US should withdraw from there as soon as possible. I hope Obama makes that happen. I'm not really sure Afghanis want Taliban out of there. Also I'm wondering how it's possible for Taliban to have so much power there without local Afghani help. Clearly they all just want the US out of there. And that's seriously the best thing to happen to the soldiers bravely fighting there. Obama should bring them back home. Let Afghanis sort out their own mess. They don't like having help in any case.

Posted by WellWisher September 3, 10 02:17 AM
101.

I was working as agency photojournalist for european newspapers in Afghanistan 1981 when Soviet Union had their war there. Before Soviets,-- English troops run away from Afghanistan about hundred years earlier.
Based on what I saw there,-- US troops will come out running likewise, only achieving thousands of dead soldiers for nothing.
When one walks in Afghanistan countryside among mountains and canyons and clay houses and looks at the hostile eyes one soon understands that there is no way the attacker could win. We just have to let them do it their way although it means going back to medieval times.
You cannot win a war if You have no real and honest contact with the local people. US does not and will not have. No intruder will ever in Afghanistan
Soviets were brutal murders at the end of the world but they had to run cause afghans were even worse. They will be even now.
USA has given terrorists a good ground after being the superpower for decades and letting only money talk, oil in Iraq for instance.
USA politicians should blame themselves for acting arrogant way in the whole world, that is an easy way to get enemies.
There is something very wrong in the attitude of some US people abroad, in my case I tried to avoid US photographers for instance in Thailand and Cambodia cause my own work would suffer when US press came and first started to ask for cold sodas and whine about mosquitos and dirt and how people are ignorant cause they do not speak english...etc.

Posted by Jore Puusa September 3, 10 02:46 AM
102.

I don't think this war is about terror or freedom.

to # 40 : Spending time reading the us networks, i'm used to read unpleasant or incorrect comments about France, french army or french people. But let me just ask you something : If US are able to handle any situation, even those who were screwed up by another country, why do i see people of my own city on TV, fighting and dying in Afghanistan ? Who is asking for help, even modest, from other nation, now ? Please check facts and history.

France is no longer a great world-power, but has a very long-time history, full of wars and invasion. Our legacy to the world is far older than US's. We still live in denial about some of our defeats, but most of them, including the WWII are admitted, and taken as lessons. Vietnam is a defeat, to admit this fact is a path to future succeses.

Please forgive my english.

Posted by RS74 September 3, 10 04:10 AM
103.

great pictures as usually, very emotional. war is so horrible :(

Posted by neasis September 3, 10 05:32 AM
104.

#40 How touching !!!

Posted by Sreejith September 3, 10 06:46 AM
106.

Please stop this war, there will be more dead on both sides.

Posted by Anonymous September 3, 10 07:41 AM
107.

too many tears.......

Posted by cristina September 3, 10 08:10 AM
108.

Something I've read recently in the guest book of a German war cemetery in Normandy, France: "War was, is and will be the greatest bullsh*t of the world."

Posted by Lars September 3, 10 09:38 AM
109.

War never determines who is right, but only who is left ..... so sad .....

Posted by Sandra September 3, 10 10:20 AM
110.

After looking through these photos and reading the comments, it seems that many have opinions on the war. As someone who will be soon deploying to Afghanistan, I must say that unless you've spent time in our military or in Afghanistan itself, maybe you have no idea of what you're talking about. To turn this into a political argument serves no purpose as all you're doing is whining about how powerless you feel to make any real change in the way our government makes decisions.

I appreciate all those who support us in this noble cause. It's been a long fight since 9/11 and it will go on for many more years I'm sure. Keep the faith in us to get the job done. Sure war sucks, but never has there been a time greater than now to ensure something like 9/11 does not happen again on American soil. Instead of whining, why not help in some small way to support our men and women in uniform.

Posted by PO1, USN September 3, 10 10:46 AM
111.

If readers of this blog think anything different than this `war' is about saving freedom for the countries whose brave soldiers are dying for, should maybe take a step back and re-evaluate their thoughts. This conflict is only
about one thing.....economics! Where would we find employment for our
returning forces? What would be the monitory effect on the taxpayers' ecconomic purse strings? Not to mention a surplus of govournement tarifs
that would eventually bankrupt this country.
No, we have to stay the course in Afghanistan, until we are prepared for the
return of our troops, win or lose.
As I see it, anyway.

Posted by john Mc September 3, 10 12:17 PM
112.

Send Obama to war. Give him a gun and a bottle.

Posted by Sick_just_sick_man. September 3, 10 01:01 PM
113.

Sid, using your reasoning, Hitler would also have died one day. The 28 million people he murdered might have been just the start. Oh by the way, Jews were only a PART of that number.
Apparently you think Sadams "Killing Fields" and torture chambers were only a myth in spite of the photographs and the witnesses.

Posted by bydand September 3, 10 01:08 PM
114.

Lots of ignorant people posting stupid things on this string... Oh well, you have the right to be stupid I suppose.

Posted by Chadwick Blithersfield September 3, 10 02:23 PM
115.

John, you wrote that the vietnam war was France's war gone bad and that the US had to go clean their screw up...
Really? You believe that?
Because the French left Indo-China (its colonies) in 1954 and the US started the war in 1964 over a fake incident in the gulf of Tonkin. This was initiated by the US as a continuation of the Cold War policy that the US had against Communism.

There a many similarities with Viet-Nam and the Afghan and Iraq wars.
-These wars allow the US to gain strategic standings in regions that are susceptible to breed radicals (vs communists)
-The premises to go to war were either weak or totally fabricated (9/11 was backed by bin Laden and Saudis; there were no Afghans or Iraqis in the planes. as for Iraq we know today that the WMD excuse was completely false).
-Like Viet-Nam, the US cannot fight a traditional standing army. Guerrila tactics and insurgency is used. This drags the wars for years and decaces and usualy erodes popular support both at home and in the invaded country.
-As the south-Vietnamese did not particularly care for the US soldiers, it was again the case for Iraqis and Afghans who see them as a foreign force.
-Public support at home is pretty low and parts of the public squarely oppose those wars
-The wars have cost the US a lot of money, a lot of KIA's but no clear victory.

So yeah... I hope you now see the parallels.

Posted by Prisme September 3, 10 04:18 PM
116.

What a pictures! They are just amazing....

The war in Afganistan is cruel, but should set up better future for next generation....

Posted by Kadibudka September 3, 10 05:18 PM
117.

GREAT photojournalism. Thanks for making these photos available to us, and thanks to the photographers for their passion and bravery.

Posted by Andrew Bowdle September 3, 10 05:39 PM
118.

#33 pic, that boy's bright blue eyes are enough to tear your heart out. My heart goes out to his family, he looks like he was a good kid. I guess I could rant about politicians or whatever, all I can say all will face judgment one day.

Posted by Dave in California September 3, 10 07:58 PM
119.

We that have been there and are home are thankful, we that have been there and lost comrads, We'll never forget you...every tear is a prayer to God thanking Him for giving you comfort, may ye rest in peace....

Posted by Airman David Starkey September 3, 10 09:06 PM
120.

I think Pic #42 is the most touching and sad.

Posted by ALWCurlz September 3, 10 11:07 PM
121.

I'm sick and tired of all the lies being fed to the American public in regards to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Both these countries were our allies at some point ( Iraq during the Iran/Iraq war and Afghanistan during the soviet invasion.)The CIA not only supported and encouraged Jihad during the soviet invasion, but glorified it!. Most of the religious schools which churned out these Jehadists were funded by the CIA (of course Pakistan was the middle man). So this crap that these people, who live in mud houses and ride donkeys, hate our way of life and want to destroy us is just ridiculous. Most of these folks are so illiterate they probably don't even know where the United State is on the map. Hell, they probably would'nt be able to point out their own country on the map!

Posted by Ismellarat September 4, 10 01:32 AM
122.

Pic of #16 The guys looked like enjoy do that things.This is Honorable.

Posted by ELLESSEE September 4, 10 05:33 AM
123.

Real pictures from the war are not published due to censorship of US media. This is true... And all families can say "thank you" to their president and the rest of criminals siting in the white house...

Posted by Qba September 4, 10 07:25 AM
124.

¿Donde están los entierros de los civiles afganos asesinados por los soldados extranjeros? ¿No existen?

Posted by Juan Quijano September 4, 10 08:45 AM
125.

Poor Americans... They suffer too much, they kill too much.. Each solder even doesn't understand why he is doing this - he is killing people. And they are surprised when get back what they done - americans are killed by others.
WHO MADE THIS IDEAS OF WAR IN AFGAN? WHO????
Don't you understand that this war, this suffering is for resources.. Not for "democracy" but only for money..

Posted by George September 4, 10 11:21 AM
126.

War just leaved Pains

Posted by Hussein September 4, 10 06:16 PM
127.

Hamas won in a democratic vote.

Posted by Doug September 4, 10 08:21 PM
128.

What does victory in Afghanistan look like? We don't know. Ridiculous war. Let's get the h_ll out of there, bring our troops home, and work on our own country for a change.

Posted by Jake September 5, 10 12:08 AM
129.

Re photo #19: It's so nice to see a smiling face in the midst of such horror.

Posted by Matt September 5, 10 12:32 AM
130.

Iraqi war was about Israel. No doubt whatsoever. I'm very much surprised that nobody here ever mentioned this underlying cause. To think that one trillion dollars was squandered to protect the state of Israel from Saddam! And now the Israeli lobby in the US pretend that they had nothing to do with it. Problems with Islamic fundamentalism began shortly after the creation of the Jewish state. Aren't Americans ashamed of being the Israel's puppets? I'm no friend to Taliban, no friend to Iran. I just want the West to make right conclusions out of bold thinking and stop supporting this arrogant state called Israel and squandering resources and human lives in the name of protecting this small community cocksure of its superiority over other peoples.
Let them fend for themselves.

Posted by Volodymir September 5, 10 12:55 AM
131.

I dont understand the logic behind " Doing War for Peace"....
Did we really achived peace in Iraq after years of war???
Are we sure we will going to give better life and peace for Afghans...

Please stop war..Do No Harm ! At least for yourself...

Posted by Sha September 5, 10 03:27 AM
132.

Please bring our boys home. They want to live ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHIIATt0BaM&feature=related

Posted by Gaby September 5, 10 11:34 AM
133.

I see NO bravery

Posted by Salah September 5, 10 04:39 PM
134.

GOD BLESS MY BROTHERS AT ARMS ! MAY THEIR SACRIFICES NOT BE IN VAIN, MAY THE PAINFUL MEMORIES OF THE EFFORTS TO FIGHT FOR THE FREEDOM OF THOSE THEY INC-OUTER HALF WAY AROUND THE WORLD BE LEFT BEHIND, AND MAY IT BE GOD'S WILL TO BRING THEM HOME TO THE ARMS OF THEIR LOVED ONES, FOR SOON IS NOT SOON ENOUGH !

CORROCHANO M. GEORGE USAF/TAC SPEC.OPS.
VIET-NAM 68 - 71

Posted by Jorge Corochano September 5, 10 05:17 PM
135.

1.. Poverty...poverty poverty.... poverty leads to extremism...crazy people.
free trade...free commerce to allow the standard of living to rise..
free trade free commerce

2... Ignorance...lack of knowledge...know-nothing.......Internet can increase level of knowledge in world.
free knowledge... free search for the truth.

3... Strong central government authority...legitimate security functions outside of the Market.. Public sectors... Private sectors.

4. Seperation of Church-State.. State cannot be church... Church cannot be state... free worship for a free people.

Posted by STEVE JOBS September 5, 10 06:32 PM
136.

Boring and repetitive pictures...
Please choose another subject if you always must show:
1. the brave soldiers
2. the unarmed enemy
3. the dying and the blooding corpse (curtained in black, of course)
4. and so on and on and on...

stop this stuff, quit your wars, move your cameras away, PLEASE.

Posted by weAreBoredOfThis September 5, 10 08:33 PM
137.

What a waste of lives, on all sides.
And all for what?
To install another corrupt, unstable and repressive government?

Posted by Sam September 5, 10 11:46 PM
138.

For the young men fighting a senseless war and their grieving families ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpYDcfDpeQA

Posted by Gaby September 6, 10 04:53 AM
139.

The real question is: what would we do without war?

Talk and blog and pay taxes? That's not a fast enough evolution.

Poems and rhetoric speeches are for time-kill. Like TV. Your simple life in one word: By-product.

If you want to make a difference, go out and punch someone in the face.

No graffitis. No strikes. No songs about being a billionaire. These only distract you for a moment. Pop-media is the pre-armor of governors.

Break someone's leg and see how it feels to be in charge.

Point exploding fireworks towards smiling people.

Release the zoo into the city at night.

Cut down electricity from your whole neighborhood. Over and over. See the chaos when people don't get what they are trained to want. Television and microwave. Vacuum cleaners and computers. Dolby systems and Sony PlayStations.

Simulate a small war is what I'm asking form you. See how it feels to ignite a war and observe how people engage in it and take it up as their meaning of life.

Posted by Geography Profersor Dr. Schneider Ngambua September 6, 10 06:19 AM
140.
Posted by g.h. September 7, 10 04:22 PM
141.

How many people has America killed since its existence?

Posted by Raj September 7, 10 07:25 PM
142.

.Middle East invasion is disgusting, the dead of the allied troops are lower than deaths in the civilian population of the Middle East. respect the rights of others is peace, U.S. out of the Middle East. If the war was in the U.S. this would be really disastrous, because the same Mexicano's invade you to lose what has been stolen by the United States.

Posted by alejandro olivares September 7, 10 08:54 PM
143.

this is not about the muslims.
it's all politics and economics of the western world. just like what happened in iraq.
and yes, it's time for israel to fight their own battles... there's more to all these than meets the eye. maybe our soldiers' moms should think more deeply.

Posted by bincol September 7, 10 09:51 PM
144.

good

Posted by nishadtm September 8, 10 05:48 AM
145.

Dalai Lama:
"My true religion, my simple faith is in love and compassion. There is no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine, or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are - these are ultimately all we need."

Posted by g.h. in Europe September 8, 10 06:36 AM
146.

All political things aside, I'm just praying and begging God to bring healing and hope to these people and to this whole region of the world. No one should have to deal with this sort of violence and pain---the people of the world who are able to do something about it owe it to humanity to do something.

Posted by Andrew September 8, 10 12:02 PM
147.

As a muslim, i must state that we are most affected by the radical fringes in the religion; firstly because maybe 80-90% of all the murders committed by those terrorists are muslims and secondly the image and stigmas attached to islam as a result seems irreparable at times. However, why should i apologise for the actions by a few extremist that have absolutely nothing to do with me or my way of life, do i ask Christians to apologise for WWII, the spanish inquisition or the crusades? Dialogue people!
Once again, stunning pics from the Boston, the last one brought a tear to my eye, no mother should have to go through that

Posted by Amir September 9, 10 10:52 AM
148.

Just as the sages in all parts of the world from the past have said, the Dalai Lama asks us
“to take care of our thoughts because they become words – to take care of our words because they become actions – to take care of our actions because they will become habits – to take care of our habits because they will form our character – to take care of our character because it will form our destiny, and our destiny will be our life.”

Posted by g.h. in Europe September 10, 10 07:50 AM
149.

So nice to see the US troops protecting the Marihuana plants as well. Great job, guys!

Posted by Todd Peterson September 10, 10 04:14 PM
150.

"... world peace through mental peace is an absolute. It is the ultimate goal. But as for the method, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration. Under a particular set of circumstances, a certain approach may be useful while under other circumstances another may be useful. This is a very complicated issue which compels us to study the situation at a particular point of time. We must take into account the other side's motivation, etc., so it is a very complex matter.
But we must always keep in mind that all of us want happiness. War, on the other hand, only brings suffering--that is very clear. Even if we are victorious, that victory means sacrificing many people. It means their suffering. Therefore, the important thing is peace. But how do we achieve peace? Is it done through hatred, through extreme competition, through anger? It is obvious that through these means it is impossible to achieve any form of lasting world peace. Hence, the only alternative is to achieve world peace through mental peace, through peace of mind. World peace is achieved based only on a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood, on the basis of compassion. The clear, genuine realization of the oneness of all mankind is something important. It is something we definitely need."
--from Answers: Discussions with Western Buddhists by the Dalai Lama

Posted by Gaby September 10, 10 07:09 PM
151.

"We must see that when we feel anger, we are not reacting to the person who harmed us, but to that person’s hatred. Their hatred has blinded them. They were unable to stand up for themselves. They submitted completely to their anger. Even though they think they are doing something great, consider how stupid they have actually been. They have become total slaves of their hatred. Who is a better candidate for compassion than that?"
- Gelek Rimpoche

Posted by g.h. in Europe September 11, 10 06:21 AM
152.

PICTURE #37 --> We'd all do well to follow his example and READ THAT BOOK. All answers to life lie there.

Posted by Anonym. September 14, 10 01:18 PM
153.

go to you tube type in pale blue dot" the pale blue dot by Carl Sagan" turn it up..........

Posted by Tony Rinna September 14, 10 08:53 PM
154.

Nobody is going to like seeing this ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsrMzfhdmkU&feature=player_embedded
... and it is going on today.

Posted by g. September 15, 10 05:28 PM
155.

#14 so so sad...

It's possible he will avenge his fathers death in the future

If we leave
then tali's will take over afg and spread, growing stronger..like bacteria.

If we stay
then more civilian and UN lives are taken...and more crazy extremist eradicated.

I wonder if the govt could run an advanced computer simulation on the outcomes.

Posted by Freedom=$1.05 September 15, 10 11:31 PM
156.

So many meaningless deaths. This war is has no benefit to anyone. It might grieve us for 15 minutes as we look at this photos, but it is eternal loss for the people on both sides; the children that die in Afghanistan, and the children who go to the funerals of the fallen soldiers.
This is what we give to our children. Sorrow and hatred at such a young age will be unstoppable destruction later on.
=(

Posted by whoscommentsdontcount September 21, 10 03:26 PM
157.

Very Nice War photos,
But i sympathize with American and all those Allied Forces in Afghanistan for dying and taking injuries for nothing. You people are fighting an endless and meaningless battle. It is now reaching a decade that you guys are there. It is time to decide by the people of America to force its Govt to pull out.

Posted by Shaheryar khan September 22, 10 03:35 AM
159.

“The West is fascinated by efficiency. And there is no doubt that in many areas its efficiency is quite admirable. That is why I would like to ask this question, which seems natural to me: why not apply this technical efficiency to protect all forms of life? This would be an exalting task for all humankind, especially as we seem to lack a truly large-scale project or ideal. It is difficult, yet it is absolutely necessary. If the question of human survival is not solved, there will be nobody left to solve the problem.” The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace

Posted by g.h. in Europe September 24, 10 09:19 PM
160.

WHY WE FIGHT .

The protesters asked me,
when I put my bags on the plane.
“Why do you fight? All soldiers are the same!
There is no reason to go to war,
we think it is unfair.
There is no reason to go and die,
No reason for us to pretend to care.”
Their words strike me to the bone,
as I turn and look them in the eyes.
“I would love to be at home,
but I fight so you can believe in your lies.”
They stared at me shocked,
their flags dropping low,
as I told them a story,
One that very few people know.
I fight so they can say those things,
Their words that hurt me so.
Because if I don’t play my part,
who else will have to go?
I don’t do it for the glory,
because there is none to be found,
I don’t do it for the money,
I do it for my friend on the ground.
A bullet has punctured his shoulder,
he holds out his trembling hand.
He asks me to write home,
and slips me his wedding band.
We fight so you don’t have too,
as you all go about your way.
We fight so you can go to work
and sit in an office all day.
We fight for all the mothers,
who’s children lie in the Earth.
We fight for all the children,
who’s fathers missed their birth.
War is never pretty, and it is seldom ever kind.
But I’ll grab my gun and fight,
to protect any friend of mine.
So before you say that you don’t care,
that all soldiers are the same,
think about what you do,
before you place the blame.
You think that we shouldn’t be here,
that nothing will ever change,
look into a soldier’s eyes,
as they point their weapon down range.
We do it to protect you,
because there are things that you don’t know.
There is more than things that bump in the night
and that is the reason why I have to go.
By Lady Wolf

Posted by David September 27, 10 10:14 PM
161.

muy buenas fotos muchisimas felicidades me gustaria recibir mas fotos si se puede gracias atte marcelino

Posted by marcelino perez favila September 28, 10 04:49 PM
162.

Don't ever forget these men and women. They really are America's finest. And, if you can ask 'why' without being there, then you are little more than a coward. Go, be a part of it, then you have the right to ask 'why'. It's akin to asking why does a police officer pursue and apprehend a criminal. Is there a point to that? Why seek justice, why seek order, why seek responsible governance and freedom from violence and tyranny? That is the 'why' that is really to be asked for. If that cannot be answered, then be prepared to submit to oppression. These finest women and men give up their liberties for a time to ensure liberties for us and others.

Posted by JGJ October 4, 10 12:31 PM
163.

Picture 28 that man is actually a part of the TF 1-66 Armor Division 4 ID.

Posted by Andrew Shaw October 9, 10 10:50 PM
164.

2nd Platoon, Charlie Company, 2/508th is not part of 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Division as your caption says. We are part of 4th BCT, 82D Airborne Division. Get your facts straight before you use them as captions, Boston Globe.

Posted by SPC Colquhoun October 11, 10 02:47 PM
165.

The people of Afghanistan are called Afghans and the currency is called Afghanis. Get it.

Posted by Beelzebub November 4, 10 01:13 PM
166.

#30: 2-508 PIR is in the 82nd Airborne Division, not the 101st. Either you have the wrong regiment or the wrong division. I suggest fixing fixing this error. My buddies in C Co. don't like being called the 101st.

Posted by Kovax88 November 26, 10 05:05 PM
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My heart goes out to those who are serving and those soldiers who sacrificed their lives for their country. You will always be remembered till mankind is there. I really feel for these soldiers who are fighting out there...Return safely to join your families

Posted by Nikhil November 30, 10 09:03 AM
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