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Mesmerizing Photographs Of Soldiers' Faces Before And After A War


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JL
- 460 days ago - upworthy.com
"While the emotional repercussions of war aren't easy to measure, the before, during, and after pictures of soldiers who have seen combat tell a pretty unsettling story. There's something mesmerizing about these photographs, but I can't quite put my fin



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Dalia H. (1278)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 10:39 am
So sad.
Wars are unnecessary, cruel, and nasty!:(:(:(:((((
Noted and shared my Beloved Friend, JL.
Stay Blessed, you and yours.
HAVE A VERY BLESSED DAY EVERYBODY!!!!
Much LOVE and Light,
B.D♥
 

Ingrid A. (530)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 10:59 am
Very sad. I dislike the War but I support the soldiers. My brother did 4 tours. Stay blessed you and yours and have a very blessed Thursday Dalia and everybody. Much love and light from Ingrid
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:11 am
It is such a transformation from the before to the after. Did you notice how intense they all looked in the during shots and then how haunted they looked in the after? Such a tragic and unnecessary consequence of war. I hate war and everything it destroys can never be the same again. My heart goes out to every single soldier out there no matter what war they are in. And the governments who profit from wars are the lowest scum on the earth. Blessed be to all and thanks JL.
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:55 am
You are welcome Tamara.
"A picture is worth a thousand words."
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Esther Z. (101)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:57 am
Some of the pictures of the same person look like they are from three different people. It's all in the eyes, the haunted looks and haggard faces; windows to the soul, indeed!
 

Connie O. (42)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 1:41 pm
I have personally seen the difference...with a son and several family members and friends currently serving.
 

Connie O. (42)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 1:42 pm
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JL A. (275)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 1:49 pm
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Terry V. (30)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 1:49 pm
Tramatized, makes me want to cry......................

Imagine

PEACE TODAY
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 1:59 pm
So true Terry. Thanks for posting the wonderful links.
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Gabriela Baldaia (95)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 4:27 pm
Terrible !! There is an intense sadness on all " afters " ... their eyes say it all
 

Marcia Singer (1)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 4:32 pm
Several people used the word "haunted" to describe the 'after' pics. I have to agree. It's like the life has been sucked out of them. So sad.
 

Michelle M. (52)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 4:32 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing this article. War is one of the worst and most extreme situations a person can face. Its clear that the scars it leaves behind are not only physical but also emotional ... and sometimes those are the most difficult to deal with. Seeing and experiencing so much violence has to change a person in so many ways. Its ironic how sometimes peace can only be obtained through violence. Its sad and terrible to say so, but it seems to be true. I wish I were wrong. Thanks again JL.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 4:39 pm
War has taken it's toll on my family as well. Transformed my now deceased brothers...made my Grandfather a mean old man, and made my Dad very quiet. Only time he would ever speak of it was when he was drinking, and then only rarely. Too kind of a man to have endured what he saw. And the women...same thing. My Grandmother and Mom were part of 2 different wars. The only family left are a niece who works at a Defense Base, and 2 nephews too young to have gone to Iraq, thankfully. Thanks for the pics and thoughts.
 

Shawna S. (43)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 8:51 pm
Their eyes say everything.
 

caroline s. (79)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:51 pm
Terrible... :-(
 

Lynn Squance (230)
Friday May 17, 2013, 12:47 am
Relaxed, heightened awareness, then a hollow, dead look in the eyes. Tamara, I like your word --- haunted.

How can anyone expect soldiers to go to war, see the atrocities that no one should ever witness, and then return home, expecting them to go back to a "normal" life?

My stepfather was a paratrooper in WWII. Like many, he refused to talk about the war because it was just too terrifying, too horrible. Like many, he bottled up his feelings in a box in his head.

There are many names for it --- shell shock, combat fatigue, PTSD --- but it is always the same. It carves out a space within each soldier. It may stay neatly tied up in the box for some, but for others it does not. It is not a failure of the soldier because he has had to do things and things that no person should ever have to do or see. It is a failure of all humanity. A humanity that would rather fight over land, or water, or religion or . . . you can keep adding the reasons, rather than learning to share.
 

Darren Woolsey (60)
Friday May 17, 2013, 5:19 am
The eyes are the doorway to the soul...

The only war important enough to be worth engaging in, is that war of forces within, where we're pulled and tugged, in-between impulses coming from within and from outside...

The wars we hear about in the news, are the barking mad result of utter insanity where people in positions of power try and reinforce their own deluded notion of supremacy over land, control over people, etc.

There is never any justification for war on any people.

And war is one reason why humankind are not sophisticated or advanced in any way whatsoever. If we were, we would have found a way to control the dark forces within reality that control us.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday May 17, 2013, 8:03 am
So many illuminating comments filled with insight! Thank you all!
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