Give us a true picture

For a country that is addicted to video games like the Resident Evil series, where you might find a woman pinned up on a wall by a pitchfork through her face in the opening minutes of the game, such squeamishness - particularly in wartime - is bizarre.

The American gaze is not protected from violence, just from real violence. We're used to hearing the sound of heavy artillery in action films, and most of us won't flinch when a cadaver flashes on a movie screen. Yet in the news, such images seem strangely out of place, almost an erroneous inversion: life imitating art.

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