Sunday September 27, 2020

It's the killings, stupid

The YouTube clip of US marines urinating on dead Afghans led to panic at the White House. Yet the actual facts of the men's deaths seemed to be of no account at all, writes Tom McGurk.

15th January, 2012
'However gross it may seem, there is nevertheless a compelling veracity in the image of those marines urinating on the dead Afghans.'

Is YouTube becoming some sort of ultimate arbitrator, the undeniable witness of our age?

Has "citizen journalism", as it's called, suddenly become a unimaginably powerful global weapon? Because it is beyond the control of officialdom or the establishment politics of the major networks, it's a case of "publish and be damned" and, before you know it, the waves of reaction are breaking across entire continents.

It is remarkable that the action of the person who...

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