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      02-09-2007, 09:06 AM   #1
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Helicopters and Mosques as Icons of Culture Clash




I'm a big fan of photojournalism. I was wondering how some photographers portrayed the Iraq War without the almost obligatory images of carnage.
As everyone knows the helicopter has numerous missions in war- some lifesaving, some life-taking.
I started a file of images that showed both a helicopter and a mosque as a metaphor for cultures at odds with one another. Please feel free to post your images.

2 photos are by the great photographer Marko Drobnjakovic...one published in the NewYorkTimes and the other from the Washington Post.









Transgression



Boeing and its joint-venture partner Bell Helicopter apologized yesterday for a magazine ad published a month ago — and again this week by mistake — depicting U.S. Special Forces troops rappelling from an Osprey aircraft onto the roof of a mosque.

"It descends from the heavens. Ironically it unleashes hell," reads the ad, which ran this week in the National Journal and earlier in the Armed Forces Journal. The ad also stated: "Consider it a gift from above."

The ad appears at a time when the United States is trying to improve its image in the Muslim world and Boeing seeks to sell its airplanes to Islamic countries.

Boeing and Bell officials agreed that the ad — touting the capabilities of the vertical-lift Osprey aircraft — was ill-conceived and should never have been published.

Source : SeattleTimes
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