Bitter Fruit

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Bitter Fruit

Paul Fusco

As increasing numbers of families grieve in small towns across the U.S., Paul Fusco shows us the true cost of the Iraq War: the pain and loss caused by the deaths of American soldiers.

The photos are ahead of their time.
Nothing has been asked of the homefront in this war. Nothing. An ignorance of consequence prevails. The American serviceman has a right to expect that the American citizen is, at least, involved in the fact of his or her involvement. This photo essay leaves taste of knowing, stunningly empty, rich in some kind of vicarious participation. Thank you, Mr. Fusco, for the only intimacy the rest of us can have with it.
No greater love have another man than to lay down his life for his brother. This is the side of the war we often hear about, but do not see. God bless these truly brave men and their families. They sought and made the greatest sacrifice. More Americans need to be soberly reminded of this side of war. Thank you, Mr. Fusco for doing a little appreciated job with great love. Well done!
I'm from Colombia, a student of photography, in my country and i'm sure in many other countries where the sufferment of war is a constant, few are the ones that really know the price of the so called ideals..honor, bravery, country, duty..most of the people that claim this flags as almost divine, don't likely go to fight or send their kids to war..in war many kids are dying and families are suffering but they remain anonymous because is better to have an idea of a hero than the reality of war..kids killing and getting killed for whatever reason, anyone could put a name for that reason.
Eloguent - your images are their legacy. Shame on our country.
You hit the nail on the head, Mr. Fusco. I'm not sure why the military as an institution is so closed when it comes to war casualties, but as the spouse of an Army soldier- I find it insulting. Why is it that military families alone must shoulder the burden for this war? Why is there no opportunity for us to grieve as a nation and thereby examine the true cost of war? We live in a military community in Germany, and the war IS our every day reality. When I visit the states- it's like nothing is happening! Here- when a soldier dies, there is a community memorial service. No body, just a pair of boots, a rifle, a helmet, and dogtags. They say the roll call of all the names in the unit. When they get to the deceased they stop and repeat it three times. It's terrible. It is all of our worst fears. Why must his be our nightmare alone?
I have just seen the Bitter Fruit 'magnum in motion' and I can agree totally the feelings Mr.Fusco feels about his country's betrayal. I myself have been photographing military funerals, but in the UK and understand the difficulties you face, getting in close. The emotion and pain is quite unbearable. I was met with the same hostile reaction from the ministry of defence and the only way of getting to work on the story was very last minute. I have travelled all over the UK on this project. When I got to the funerals I was never told to leave. So I understand totally where you are coming from and it is your work that continues to inspire me.
It feels incredibly good to hear the truth. To hear and see the truth that shouldn't be hidden. War should never be glorified. Thank you for these photos - everyone should see them.

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