Friday, July 30, 2010

This Week in Words and Pics

A lot of good things happened this week and a lot of bad things happened. The common thread in this statement is they both came at a huge price.

It has been said that this month has been one of the most violent in Afghanistan. It's been nine years since September 11 but it seems much longer than that.

Reporters struggle to be creative in delivering soldiers' stories and the public lacks the interest to read them because it never gets easier to comprehend.

But we must try as journalist to make them listen.

Thankfully, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are continuously reported on -- but what about previous wars? Those are equally as important to remember.

So this week, I read two great articles reconnecting the public to the Holocaust and the Vietnam War


Suspected Nazi Indicted in Germany
The New York Times

This story means a lot to me because I'm Jewish. It means even more to me since my father told me that Efraim Zuroff, the top Nazi hunter at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, was his high school principal's son.

I felt this article was well-done, informative and meaningful. Articles like this one give Holocaust survivors a piece of mind because they live to see one more Nazi being punished. In addition, it also reminds the public of what happened decades ago.

Man tracks down pilot who saved his life in Vietnam
The Salem News

This is a feel good story about a man reconnecting with his hero from Vietnam. It's an incredible story and entertaining as is, but the reporter's writing sets it up with great suspense.
And Lindsay, who would go on to serve 24 years in the Marines before retiring as a lieutenant colonel, vowed that he would one day find out the identity of the man who daringly piloted that helicopter on May 13, 1967.

Blog Post:

Media's War Coverage: Pushing Pessimism To The Sidelines Yet Again
The Huffington Post blog

I'm not really sure if I agree with everything this post has to say but I think it brings up some valid points. The blogger was also very good in articulating his points and makes an intelligent argument.

A good read to get insight into the WikiLeaks controversy that was a big deal this week:
The big reveal from WikiLeaks this week was that it got the entire American press to admit that the war in Afghanistan is not going well, and that this is representative of the "conventional wisdom."


The Plight of Afghan Women: A Disturbing Picture
Time Magazine

For more incredible pictures, check out The Big Picture: Recent Scenes from Iraq


1 comment:

  1. It's official:

    @foxnews- Somber news: July is the deadliest month for the U.S. in the whole of the Afghan War