War: Not as bad as it looks

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At first glance this does look bad, but, actually, all that happened was that this Iraqi soldier had his vehicle fire-bombed by allied forces, and what this picture shows is his attempt to get out of the burning vehicle whilst being on fire himself.

You can see from his grimace that he was making a valiant attempt, and, in some ways, this can be seen as more of a celebration of the human spirit and its determination than anything particularly desperate or tragic.

What he didn’t know at the time was that, actually, the whole area surrounding his vehicle was ablaze, so even if he’d managed to escape this particular vehicle, he would have found himself burning to death anyway. Which is a shame in many ways, but, hey, that’s war for ya!