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“Words are never enough … Words do not exist to make us see, or know, or feel what it is like, what actually happens,” is how editors of LIFE explained their controversial decision to run a photograph of three dead U.S. soldiers on a Papua New Guinea beach during World War II. This week, the Los Angeles Times had to offer a similar explanation for running a photograph of soldiers posing with the remains of an Afghanistan suicide bomber. In truth, these pictures are as old as the camera—and it wouldn’t hurt us to see more of them.
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