The Burdens of War
From a long and impassioned appeal to the marines that he's traveled and reported alongside, NBC cameraman Kevin Sites summarizes eloquently:
So here, ultimately, is how it all plays out: when the Iraqi man in the mosque posed a threat, he was your enemy; when he was subdued he was your responsibility; when he was killed in front of my eyes and my camera -- the story of his death became my responsibility.His narrative is long and well-measured. Balanced, sad, sorry even. It's well worth the read. For what it's worth, I'm personally saddened by the events in that mosque, but I don't quite know where to point the finger of blame, if 'blame' is what's necessary.
The burdens of war, as you so well know, are unforgiving for all of us.
War. I blame war.