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The War Nerd / April 21, 2011

Somebody with a face finally died in Libya. His name was Tim Hetherington, an Oxford literature graduate who made that documentary Restrepo about an Afghan base.

Hetherington didn’t just have an Oscar-nominated face, it was a real good-looking face too, which all the tributes to him seem to repeat over and over. Take this one from the editor of Vanity Fair, the magazine that sent him to Libya:

“Devilishly good-looking and impossibly brave, he was both a ladies’ man and a man’s man,” he said. “There were few like Tim, and there will be fewer like him.”

I know people are supposed to say dumb stuff when somebody dies, it’s part of the proof that you’re all discombobulated by the passing of the great one, but god damn, does it have to be THIS stupid? That last sentence is pure comedy, whether it wants to be or not: “There were few like Tim, and there will be fewer like him.”

Yeah, dude. One fewer, by my count. Tim minus Tim equals zero, according to my keyboard calculator here.

It’s kind of hard to get too choked up over killed combat photographers because they’re all like Tim, these dashing throwbacks to colonial-war heroes in the Victorian days.

Back then the cool, handsome Oxford grad would dash off to Waziristan to battle the wily Pashtun. Today they leave that to the working class, but that doesn’t mean they have to settle for dull civilian jobs. They came up with a solution that lets them soak up the blood and the cool of a war zone without getting any of it on their hands: they take pictures of it instead of getting dirty shooting people.

It’s exactly the same pattern with the other shooting game these guys used to play, big-game hunting. A hundred years ago, if they were jilted by whatever horseface damsel they fancied they’d go off to the Rockies to shoot Grizzlies, or to the African savanna to slap lions around. Now they go to the same places, but it’s to coddle those Grizzlies, collar them and encourage them to breed, or back to the savanna to frown disapprovingly at the local farmers for shooting lions in an ungentlemanly fashion, with AK bursts.

If you’ve read Michael Herr’s Nam book Dispatches you know what these guys (and they’re almost all guys) are like. Herr has the same kind of man-crush on one of them, Sean Flynn, Errol Flynn’s son, as the Vanity Fair editor had on Tim.

Sean Flynn, beautiful corpse

There’s an article in that disgusting HuffPo where Steve Kettman, another starry-eyed reporter, talks about his crush on Sean even though Flynn’s kid had been a rotting corpse in the jungles of Cambodia before he ever heard of him.

He quotes Herr talking about Flynn in terms so ridiculous I just have to quote it:

“Sean Flynn could look more incredibly beautiful than even his father, Errol, had thirty years before as Captain Blood, but sometimes he looked more like Artaud coming out of some heavy heart-of-darkness trip, overloaded on the information, the input,” Herr writes. “The input! He’d give off a bad sweat and sit for hours, combing his mustache through with the saw blade of his Swiss Army knife.”

Tim Hetherington was the same breed, a “man’s man”—that’s pretty damn clear—“and a ladies’ man” in an age where most men are nobody’s man, just a scared Dilbert in a cubicle. You can decide that makes them heroes, like most people seem to, or decide they’re just decadent freaks, no-touch perverts who want to roll in the gore without getting dirty. Goddamn aristocrats.

And so we commit the earthly remains of our brother Tim to the ground. I should’ve been a preacher.

Anyway, the real military significance of Hetherinton’s death is straight out of the Victorian Brit playbook. I told you in one of my last blogs that the British innovation in making war in the hot countries was never, ever to talk about how many they’d killed but to pick one photogenic victim from their side and plaster his or her picture all over the media. If it was a woman, like Edith Cavell in WW I, so much the better: “lovely womanhood brutally savaged by the Huns”—and never mind the fact that she actually WAS running a spy network in German territory.

Hetherington is perfect for this job. Most of the people who’ve died in Libya til now never got an Oscar nomination in their lives. They weren’t all that good-looking, either. That’s a huge handicap when you’re getting those hanky-fluttering NATO honchos to intervene.

Ordinary Libyan rebel: Looks like Abbot and Costello, no good at all.

You’ve got to have a good-looking face to front for you, like that surprisingly cute Albanian girl who tipped it for Clinton to hit Serbia.

So Timmy has done the right thing here, probably by accident. If he really cared about Libya so much, he’s done the best thing for the rebels he possibly could: dying now and leaving a “Devilishly good-looking” corpse. Just the dead face NATO needed.

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  • 1. Peter  |  April 21st, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Hmm… you use Dilbert as a metaphor and don’t mind going off on tangents, have you been paying any attention to Scott Adams’ increasingly amusing internet antics?

    http://gawker.com/#!5793158/dilbert-creator-its-your-fault-i-pretended-to-be-my-own-fan-on-message-boards

  • 2. John Drinkwater  |  April 21st, 2011 at 10:07 am

    You raise an important point about the essential racism of almost all western media coverage: a Brit dies, it matters. A Libyan rebel dies, it doesn’t really matter. Do we know the names of any of the rebel who have died. And the fact that this particular Brit was an Award Nominee, matters even ten times more. Wow. That’s big. That’s important. He’s an important person. Now we should all care. Makes me sick.

  • 3. Ivan  |  April 21st, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Brecher, you’re my inner voice made flesh.

  • 4. Durumdog  |  April 21st, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I suspect people still won’t give a shit about Libya.

  • 5. mesclun  |  April 21st, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Ha, you’re a bastard and it’s so fun.

  • 6. Desiderius  |  April 21st, 2011 at 11:13 am

    My first reaction to this news was — “so this guy was killed, but how many Libyans were killed? They aren’t people too?!”

    Keep speaking the truth, Dr. Dolan. You may be vilified now but 100 years from now, yours will be recognized as one of the few honest voices.

  • 7. Lance Hunter  |  April 21st, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I’d be interested to hear your take on Restrepo. Especially compared to some of the war biographies you’ve read. Perhaps a weekend post?

  • 8. CensusLouie  |  April 21st, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Reminds me of the “MISSING WHITE GIRL!” media storms that hits the states every couple of months.

  • 9. Zoner  |  April 21st, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Wait, does anyone have a link to a picture of or, better yet, an article about this allegedly cute Albanian girl? I honestly don’t remember that part of the run-up to the bombing.

  • 10. SeamanSailor  |  April 21st, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    No one cares about the death of a male – especially one that’s tall, and white. People only care about the minorities and weak like women, children, and old farts. Throw in a few brutally raped women, children who were tortured to death, and then we’ll talk – oh, and they have to be from a 1st world country because those 3rd worlders are animals, and no one cares about animals…

  • 11. burpleson  |  April 21st, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    All I see anywhere is RIP TIM and HE WAS A GOOD MAN and RESTREPO WAS A GOOD DOCUMENTARY and HE WAS A SOLDIERS FRIEND and it gets pretty annoying to listen to, but I really couldn’t put why it was into words until you did. So, thanks.

  • 12. h_pants  |  April 21st, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Maybe doesn’t deserve the media attention it got, which is why the hero thing came up. But it still sucks that people died. Straight up. In real life. Respect to Hetherington and Hondros. Good looking or not.

  • 13. Former  |  April 21st, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Abbott and Costello??? Thats not the half of it. That was probably an officer too. Non coms dont get shiny uniforms…

    I trained with some Saudi Officers a few years back-long and short, they could only be described as a waste of food. Useless at best.

    Being poor, angry, and exploited isnt enough to actually be good at fighting.And being privileged and used to being waited on hand and foot by the peasantry is also not a good trait to becoming an officer.

    As always I read everything you write, it makes my day! Keep it up!!!

  • 14. JN  |  April 21st, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    “You can decide that makes them heroes, like most people seem to, or decide they’re just decadent freaks, no-touch perverts who want to roll in the gore without getting dirty. Goddamn aristocrats.”

    Then what about war nerds?

  • 15. dfasd  |  April 21st, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    well who killed him, the rebs, us, or the colonel?

  • 16. rdc75  |  April 21st, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    @John Drinkwater:

    Can you please explain to me why a dead Libyan should matter to me? I’m sick of you leftist megalomaniacs who wants to lead his crusades all over the world.

    Any European blood (and tax money) spilled over Libya is 100% wasted.

    I say: Let’s watch and buy the oil from the winner, whoever that may be. I don’t really care from which tribe the next Libyan dictator comes from, what’s the point in risking even one life for the “rebel’s” cause? Is anybody really so slow not to understand that there never will be “democracy” in the Arab world?

    Also, by the way, Libya is an “old” oil producer, meaning that they had their maximum in 1970 and since then the production has gone downhill ever since and will only continue to go downhill. Any oil that is left can be gotten much cheaper by trade and not by “intervention”.

  • 17. Doug (not that Doug)  |  April 21st, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Holy shit… this is great stuff. The sort of thing that none of us are allowed to say. it’s almost a shock to read something like this in the midst of all the sanctimonious BS. But it’s good that there’s someone out there to cut through the sentimentality.

  • 18. pimp of the Balkans  |  April 21st, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    This guy’s death’s not bad, but he never really annoyed me… never even heard of his devilishly handsome ass until he died. It’s not personal so it’s hard to enjoy it, fkin vulture with a camera or not.

    Can’t someone like Christiane Amanpour buy the farm next? There’s no smug big enough for that bitch. Please, Allah, guide your warriors’ hands. Steady their aim. Do this one thing for me.

  • 19. John Drinkwater  |  April 21st, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    @rdc75

    “I’m sick of you leftist megalomaniacs who wants to lead his crusades all over the world.”

    You have me confused for someone else. I wasn’t in favor of this stupid invasion. Plus, I would argue there aren’t any “leftists” who want to lead crusades all over the world. (At least now that the Bolsheviks are gone.) I think you mean the so-called “liberal humanitarian hawks” like Samantha Power. Please, please, don’t lump me in with that bunch.

  • 20. CensusLouie  |  April 21st, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Holy shit, THE most groundbreaking new information to come out of Libya!

    I give you, the pro-Gaddafi cartoon propaganda! Starring rebels as evil rats showered with U.S. imperialism dollars, and Gaddafi as a LION!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQuVQ_t0CVc&feature=player_embedded#at=176

  • 21. Dejo  |  April 21st, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    2) It’s not racist, it’s self-centred. I’ve noticed that about Brits and their descendants. Hypocrisy, too. If you’re not a hypocrite then you don’t qualify.

  • 22. Coriolan  |  April 21st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    “You raise an important point about the essential racism of almost all western media coverage: a Brit dies, it matters. A Libyan rebel dies, it doesn’t really matter.”

    Yeah. A relative of yours dies, you’re sad. Millions of people die every day, you don’t give a fuck. Aren’t they human too? Isn’t giving more importance to somebody you were related to a kind of racism?

    I’m glad I helped you notice your inner rampant racist mind.

  • 23. Evilcor  |  April 21st, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    “Good-looking” is a damn lie all the commisars have decided to tell. This asshole looks like a speed-freak I used to work for as a telemarketer. Fuck that guy. He and JFK Jr. can spend eternity DPing the horsey-face Bissett sisters in hell.

  • 24. Jimmy  |  April 21st, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Yo, WN. I got a question. Why does the West want to intervene in Libya anyways? Why did they want to intervene in Iraq too?
    Because of
    (i) the oil?
    (ii) freedom!
    (iii) fight the arabs! (my tribe vs your tribe)
    (iv) hot albanian grrlz
    (v) something else
    I mean, for real. What do they get out of it? What do you think???

  • 25. AKAGoldfish  |  April 21st, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Meanwhile in the same battle, a couple other less highprofile photogs were greased, one of whom, a guy by the name of Chris Hondros is for my money a much better lens man who’s death seems to only be getting attention from photo-nerds, probably because his work just doesn’t have the same appeal to the as the Oscar-Nom to the photo-illiterate masses.

    Check out this series of his recent photos from Libya http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/04/photojournalists-in-libya-injured-killed/100051/
    He has an interesting series documenting house to house fighting in Misrata. I suggest scrolling down to photos 17 and 18.

  • 26. Jesse the Scout  |  April 21st, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    #22, as some one who doesn’t have an emotional reaction when a neighbor I don’t know dies, from my position there is something inherently odd about the identification factor.

    I have two different types of reaction when it comes to others dying. I have an emotional connection side, such as when a family member dies. That sort of death is emotionally meaningful to me, as they played a real role in my life. When some one I never met dies I have a more reasoning based negative reaction. I recognize every person wants to live, wants to be happy, and that when a person’s life is taken from them it’s not only unfair to that person, but that those related to that person are suffering the way I suffer when one of my own family dies. The first reaction is personal and emotional, the second is from a more logic based understanding of what the dead and his/her family has suffered.

    My sympathy for a child hit by a car crossing the street down the block is roughly the same as for a Libyan rebel killed doing what he thought was right. They both had families, they both were just trying to live their lives. I don’t weep for a kid I didn’t know and ignore the death of a brown person on the other side of the world. But I notice a lot of people around here do. That is the essence of racism. People identify with a person from their own culture, language, race, and geography. Some one who talks funny and live far away is some one that they lack the same empathy for. Empathy on its most basic level is the ability to imagine you are another person and recognize you could be in their position. Racism, subtle or not, limits empathy. To be more accurate, it’s not just racism, but an overall failing of identification due to racial, cultural, and geographic barriers. (With a lack of imagination and intelligence making the whole thing possible)

  • 27. mojo  |  April 21st, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Get Eileen to watch Restrepo for us. I’m curious, but don’t want to watch it just because everyone is telling me I should. Also, looks like that pic you posted the other day of the guy with an AK and the rocket firing was apparently taken by Chris Hondros, the other dead photographer: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/20/a_life_less_ordinary_the_photographs_of_chris_hondros?page=0,1

    Frankly, I think you ought to show these twisted war-junkie fucks a bit more respect. They get their jollies from taking pictures of mutilated corpses in war zones so the war nerd can watch from his flubber filled couch in fresno. They’re the War Nerd without all the fat and cowardice.

  • 28. Obitsman  |  April 21st, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    You oughta give the folks at Vanity Fair a little slack. One of their best and most daring photogs has just been killed. You can’t blame them for being sentimental.

    And nobobdy I’ve seen is using Hetherington to pump the war cause – as you intimate in the passage about photogenic victims. He was a courageous journalist who was perhaps foolish and paid the ultimate price.

  • 29. Destro  |  April 21st, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    The nerds live to inherit the earth….

  • 30. Dennis Redmond  |  April 21st, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    A tragic loss, but all war reporters know the risks. Now someone like Mohamed Nabbous — an independent citizen-reporter who dies at the frontlines, documenting Qaddafi’s monstrous assault on Benghazi — now that is a true hero.

    More to the point — it’s time for a profile on Misurata, War Nerd. Because the Lions of Misurata are some serious heroes, putting the Solid Snake hurt on Gaddafi’s Metal Gear mercs.

  • 31. SVV  |  April 21st, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I’d like to attend a beer summit with you Gary. Younes, Hifter, Obama, Sarkozy, Gaddafi and a keg of pale ale.

    Maybe some blonde fembots (daughters of originals).

  • 32. wYSe Guy  |  April 21st, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Damn, its great to see the hate fly from Gary Breacher onto Tim Hetherington’s corpse. Now I want Gary Brecher to comment on the death threats to thirteen year old Rebecca Black, singer of Friday!

    Watching Brecher hate (or try to control it) is hilariously entertaining!

    Go Brecher!

  • 33. rdc75  |  April 21st, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    @John Drinkwater:

    Of course you are a leftist, who else would caring about your own relatives (which is just healthy human behaviour) “racist”.

    Of course it is the sick leftist mind that calls for equality and wants to tear down all that is healthy, intelligent and virtuous to the level of the sick, stupid and corrupt.

    That is why the anti-whites call everything that is healthy, intelligent and virtuous “racist”, that is why they want the 3rd-worlders to tear down Europe, that is why they want the European soldiers in Libya, Darfur, Ruanda and Afghanistan.

  • 34. rdc75  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 12:06 am

    @John Drinkwater:

    And another point, why is it that everybody who really wants to send the soldiers home (like Ron Paul wants the US out of Afghanistan or the Austrian FPÖ does not agree to Darfur) called a “racist”? (And the reason for being “racist” is usually quite mind-boggling.)

    Of course some leftists SAY that they want to bring the soldiers home (like Barack Hussein), but of course they don’t MEAN it. It’s just to gain the votes of naive Whites who still believe something they say.

    Anybody who is a real isolationist will get smeared by our civilization-destroying multiculturalists in office.

  • 35. Brothamo  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Why do I feel dirty whenever I visit this website and yet afterwards everything else on the internet looks laughably immature and pathetic.

  • 36. Hanko  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I remember reading an article about Edith Cavell and I laughed when the article ended with explaining that during the war the British executed two German nuns for spying. And after the war an Prussian officer was asked why the Germans didn’t protest, he answered “Protest! They were spying for us, the British were in the right to shot them”.

  • 37. Berkeley Veritas  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Glass house meets a jealous stone, Brecher.

  • 38. SweetLeftFoot  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 1:44 am

    At least he had the balls to go and see the wars up close and personal.

  • 39. John Figler  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 4:08 am

    So, the Brit-boy was cute, he made movies (crap movies at that, but that’s not the point here, except for Mrs. Jones), he got all the pussy or boy’s ass or goats he wanted according to his decadent tastes, and he went to wars, saw all the cool stuff, did all the cool stuff (chopper rides, fireside talks about the great things in life with the actual men, feel the sting of being shot at without result, etc), all except the coolest of them all, and he could leave it whenever it pleased him…

    And you hate him just for that? Well, according to your own logic of the spitefulness some months ago, you are green with envy!

    Wasn’t warnerding all about envying such types? Then, be polite.

    As for Lybia, the boy paid the price for leading a princely life, he’ll get a posthumous Oscar and that will be that. The French managed to get the fucking Cappa killed on their show and that didn’t even meant a thing.

    If that’s your taste, here you’ll find a cute Lybian rebel type (the cutest are the Al-Q flavors if you ask me, but…):

    http://www.elpais.com/fotogaleria/Operacion/Amanecer/Odisea/Libia/elpgal/20110319elpepuint_1/Zes/26

    There are more if you google around for a while.

  • 40. CRABS  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 4:25 am

    “Yeah, dude. One fewer, by my count. Tim minus Tim equals zero, according to my keyboard calculator here.”

    BUHHHRRR. That was the joke, dullard.

  • 41. fnord  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Hah, let me channel my inner European: We sit as fuckin rumanian auxillaries on the US East Front for 10 freaking years, and you yanks start bitching about money when its a wee payback time? Cunts.

    Gaddafi used copters on the civvies in Tripoli, when they tried to stand up. Some of us Euros still remember Srebrenica and Rwanda.

    Oh, and on topic: I think its a bit important to remember that the internationbal press are the eyes and ears of (white) western democracy. (Wich is why Al Jazeera and the TOR program is so important.) To piss on their graves seems a bit insensitive to even me, and Im pretty cynical.

  • 42. nephew of Sam  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Restrepo sucked. Don’t watch it unless you’re prepared to be bored for a while. Sure there’s a couple firefights but they’re sparcely packed between tedious dialog about why some douchebag jock decided to join the army or captain dickwad explaining their activities to the goat herders. After seeing the movie’s namesake in the beginning I was hoping the first bullet blew his dick off.

  • 43. zaxby  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 6:25 am

    I think all that’s required to be considered ‘good looking’ for males is ^height^ and the ability to remain somewhat lean despite a diet of cheese fries and beer.

  • 44. pimp of the Balkans  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 8:22 am

    @34 So someone just put out one of the eyes of the western democracies? Thanks fnord, you paint a beautiful picture!

  • 45. Coriolan  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 10:34 am

    “To be more accurate, it’s not just racism, but an overall failing of identification due to racial, cultural, and geographic barriers. (With a lack of imagination and intelligence making the whole thing possible)”

    You call it racism, I call it law of nature. We hang out with people that look, think and behave like us, because this is what we are programed for, like any other animal on the planet, and this is where you feel comfortable.

    That’s exactly how everybody behaves. Look at your friends, I’m pretty sure they, on the whole, have the same tastes as you. That’s not racism, neither lack of intelligence nor imagination.

    You care more about the death of your neighbour than the death of the guy from the next town. You care more about the death of the guy next town than the death of the guy next state, you care more about the death of the guy next state than the death of the guy of another country. That’s just tribalism at a larger scale.

  • 46. C. of V.  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Folks,

    This guy was not a simple photographer/reporter. He was a MOVIE PRODUCER!
    Wonder why a movie producer/movie director roams Libya? Knowing the Gaddhafi son had Hollywood movie connections, too…
    Especially knowing lots of rebels fighting videos and pictures are FAKE!!!
    Sometimes I wonder if the whole Libya business is just a MindWar scenario, that the war exists only on our TV-screens Wag the Dog-style, and in fact all is peaceful and quiet in Libya…Except where the movie producers and actors are shooting their fake videos and imagery…

  • 47. postman  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Racism???
    Last time I checked, those beautiful persons of color around the world do not give a fuck about and not crying crocodile tears about white people dying or being killed, anywhere and anytime…
    And that is the best case scenario, because if you scratched the surfaace, you would probably find them colored men cheering over each one of us white men killed, especially if the white man was killed by a person of color in Multicultural Europe…

  • 48. RPG Cunthair  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I want all you pretty white boys for a conjugal visit.

  • 49. h_pants  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    @postman, #47

    “Last time I checked, those beautiful persons of color around the world do not give a fuck about and not crying crocodile tears about white people dying or being killed, anywhere and anytime…”

    Why should they?

  • 50. Donne To Death  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Show some compassion, you soulless bastards!

    “Each man’s death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind”

    Nahh, just kidding. Fuck that bleeding heart shit. It’s a war, people die, it ain’t going to change. Deal with it.

  • 51. Brothamo  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    People like C. of V. make me scared for humanity.

  • 52. captain america  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    @28: if you know dolan/brecher at all, you know that it’s inevitable that he’s going to hate a guy like hetherington. dude was good-looking, famouser than dolan, popular with the ladies, english, and worst of all, happy.

    @35: so true.

  • 53. fischbyne  |  April 22nd, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    “Restrepo” was among the most mundane and artless of the documentaries covering Middle East war zones. None of the poetry or feeling of “Iraq in Fragments,” and none of journalistic punch of “Iraq for Sale,” which was way ahead of the mainstream press and Congress on Halliburton. Worth noting that neither of those were embed jobs. In “Restrepo,” Hetherington just follows the guys in his embed at a remote Afghanistan outpost on a ridge. I put almost as much thought into the videos I make about my kids.

  • 54. C. of V.  |  April 23rd, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Brothamo (51)

    you say: “People like C. of V. make me scared for humanity.”
    Care to elaborate what you mean?

    By the way, some of the Chris Hondros (RIP if really dead) latest Misrata pictures are clearly and totally faked. I am talking about the ones in which the Western reporter supposedly followed untrained and undisciplined irregulars in the most dangerous military activity ever, house-to-house fighting…sure. http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/04/photojournalists-in-libya-injured-killed/100051/
    Picture number 5, picture number 17, picture number 18.
    Same room, different time, crazy activity, and bullet holes in the wall are different. This is faked imagery.

  • 55. fajensen  |  April 23rd, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Is anybody really so slow not to understand that there never will be “democracy” in the Arab world?

    Two mechanisms at work:

    First, It’s a religious thing.

    Democracy is supposed to be all-powerful, the magick solution to all problems. For many people Democracy is God-like.

    When democracy fails in some area, it is no longer divine and can be discussed, argued about and modified. Democracy is exposed as the 20′th century form of the Viking tribal council – it works when all the participants generally have the same values, it bricks in multicultural settings.

    The Democracy-is-Jesus nuts cannot accept that, so the more democracy fails “here”, the more they will bomb, bribe and swindle democracy onto other people because it HAS TO WORK, DAMMIT!

    Second, psychology:

    The more trouble a person or group of people has, the busier they get with the affairs of other people. To postpone the pain of dealing with their own bad decisions of the past.

    IOW. This shite will go on for a LONG time!

  • 56. Tim  |  April 23rd, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Hey WarNerd, any comments?

    “Two US drones for Misratah vs Russian arms, Chinese intel for Qaddafi ” @ http://www.debka.com/article/20862/

  • 57. scottxcbad  |  April 23rd, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Brecher, you wouldn’t have anything to whack off to late at night if it weren’t for the photos these war corespondents take.

  • 58. scottxcbad  |  April 23rd, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    P.S. Flynn should have brought daddy’s sword to Cambodia.

  • 59. allen  |  April 23rd, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    postman:
    What separates out your whining from, say the post-colonial variety, is you don’t even have anything to be upset about. And yet here you are bleeting about imaginary offenses — “why, some hypothetical non-white person would probably celebrate if something, hypothetically, happened to me!”

    histrionic. shrill.

    shaddup with the apologetic already.

  • 60. Restell  |  April 24th, 2011 at 4:07 am

    There’s no beta like a jealous beta.

  • 61. postman  |  April 24th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    allen,

    White Christian Europe is turned into a Multicultural shithole, and I have nothing to complain about?
    My country is exploited, my nation is turned into debt-ridden slaves, masses of families are unemployed and thrown into the streets homeless by the banks, every day one of my fellow countryman is murdered by one of the colored minorities encouraged by one of the “religious” minorities, and organised self-defence of your limbs and family and property are not allowed, our national symbols and national pride is trampled 24/7, and we are called the evil racists and anti-semites, and I have nothing to complain?
    When the same reaches you in your country, and it will sooner or later and your life and living will be in danger, pray that guys like me will stand by you, because you will not find understanding and help from die Juden and the colored mann.

  • 62. Strelnikov  |  April 24th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    @20
    That cartoon looks to me like it originally came from a Palestinean TV station (note the Dome of the Rock ID “bug”) though the bit at the end with the Libyan flag is from one of those “national anthems of the world” YouTube videos. So is this Fatah propaganda? I don’t know. It is pro-Khaddafi, that’s all I can say.

  • 63. Peter Lovett  |  May 5th, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I don’t understand why you are so worked up about this. It has always been the case where the death of someone identifiable has been used to illustrate the deaths of many.

    That people say the dumbest of things when talking about the dead is embarrassing it is also understandable. In my profession of aviation I have seen some of the most stupid comments from friends of a deceased pilot.

    Is this a case of jealousy on your part. Perhaps it is not appropriate from someone looking on from the sidelines in comfort while others get their hands dirty.


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