"I don't think a photo inspires murders." So says George Bush, discounting any negative effects from the Saddam photos – and by implication, the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo photos. The day after the president's smug little bit of wisdom, a front page story by Somini Sengupta and Salman Masood in the New York Times focused on how the images of Guantanamo have come to define the U.S. in the Muslim world:
Even more than the written accounts are the images that flash on television screens throughout the Muslim world: caged men, in orange prison jumpsuits, on their knees.
Another story, this one by Jim Rainey on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, is a chilling reminder of how few images have come out of the war in Iraq, because of the press, because of the Bush administration, or because of the hellish conditions in Iraq:
A review of six prominent U.S. newspapers and the nation's two most popular newsmagazines during a recent six-month period found almost no pictures from the war zone of Americans killed in action.