The Lifeline: L.A. Times dares to show us what the war looks like ...

Silja J.A. Talvi

… from inside the operating room. Or anywhere else, for that matter. It's a rare thing, these days, for us to see any real images of our wars abroad, especially those involving mangled, bloodied American soldiers. These are our wars without a foreseeable end. Our soldiers, our casualties and injuries, our money, and our sociopathic president. I can say what I have to say about the sickness that so many of us see because I don't need to pretend to be "objective" about it. I can call it as I/we see it, while mainstream newspaper reporters tend to be bound by different set of guidelines. But if there's one thing 'mainstream' journalism could and should be doing in the U.S., it would look more like what the Los Angeles Times has done in its chilling three-part series, "The Lifeline". These days, this actually takes chutzpah for any newspaper to do. If you can stomach it, check out the accompanying multimedia web slide show, which is hyperlinked from the story itself.

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Silja J.A. Talvi, a senior editor at In These Times, is an investigative journalist and essayist with credits in many dozens of newspapers and magazines nationwide, including The Nation, Salon, Santa Fe Reporter, Utne, and the Christian Science Monitor.
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