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"Everybody's worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there's a really easy way: stop participating in it." Noam Chomsky

From an installation that is going on this weekend at the Santa Monica Pier, Arlington West. It was pretty interesting.

This Iraq war memorial "Arlington West" is set up since November 2003 by the Veterans of Peace every Sunday on the beach of Santa-Barbara, California.

 

In memory of armed forces members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

recently processed film. mamiya 6MF 75mm. cross-processed kodak E100VS. lab: A&I color, santa monica, ca. scan: epson 4990.

 

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Arlington West memorial at Santa Monica pier. The flag draped coffins represented the 11 soldiers killed in the last week. The red crosses beyond the coffins each represent 10 white crosses. (The memorial ran out of room on the beach)

When I heard the term “American Imperialism”, I used to blame “the commies” for totally misunderstanding the land of the free — let alone the home of the brave... — because Americans are supposed to be a free people who want nothing more than to generously share that freedom with the entire world. But when we read the documents of the so-called think tank “Project for the New American Century”, it helps us understand that these foreigners may have been aware of something that most of us ignored. It also helps explain how we frittered away the goodwill of the world after 9/11 and why so many people hate our country.

 

At least some of the “thinkers” must have realized that their thinking was way off-base, because their web site was closed several years ago. They have not managed to wipe out all evidence of their folly, though.

Shot from a kite lofted camera.

 

View On Black.

In Santa Monica, I stumbled upon this, called Arlington West, where people put up mock graves in memory of the soldiers that have died in Iraq. They have been doing this for three years now.

...on the beach by Sterns Wharf, Santa Barbara, California.

A partial view of the 3,000 crosses placed each Sunday (by Veterans For Peace members and volunteers), that stand in testament to U.S. soldiers dead in Iraq.

Shot from a kite lofted camera.

In memory of armed forces members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Arlington West, a memorial installed each Sunday, Santa Monica, LA.

 

Best viewed large at: visuals.twoeyes.org/407-america-in-iraq

Arlington West Santa Barbara CA

 

A memorial to the US troops that have died in Iraq. Nearly 4000 crosses in the sand. Each cross bears the name of a dead friend or loved one. And the count keeps growing...

Since november 2003 this memorial is on the beach of Santa Barbara every sunday.

Written on the placard: Brian may God take and keep your soul. Your death will not be forgotten. Class '00

Installation against iraq war at santa monica beach

On the eve of Memorial Day, the Veterans for Peace had their twice-a-month display of white crosses near the pier today, representing the 2,227 killed in Afghanistan, plus black crosses to represent the military and veterans who commit suicide as a consequence of what they have gone through. A model drone was also on display. Names of the dead were read and poet Sojourner Kincaid Rolle read one of her poems. Most tourists passing by were very respectful.

No time for the frivolity of sculpting mermaids out of sand on Veterans’ Day, a.k.a. Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, the end of the war that was supposed to end all wars... The Veterans for Peace had their display of white crosses near the pier today, representing the thousands killed in Afghanistan and neighboring countries, plus black crosses to represent the military and veterans who commit suicide as a consequence of what they have gone through, whether we call it shell shock, battle fatigue, operational exhaustion or post-traumatic stress disorder. Names of the dead were read and some local leaders were scheduled to speak.

odd double exposure - unplanned

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