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Destroyed by Humans savagery.
Mars 2006

Destroyed by Human's savagery.


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Domimag 22-Jun-2007 14:26
Well said Stewart !
France had wars on its soil much than any other country in the world ! 3/4 of its art buildings have been destroyed in invasions and civilian wars (revolution etc...) Imagine what could be France without all that destructions !
Stu12-Apr-2007 16:34
I don't want to get involved in the debate over the title of this image; however, I would like to point out to Marcos from Mexico that the US army did not go to Europe to defend France; if that had been the aim, then they would have been there in 1939. The US only entered the war after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when it had little choice. Up until then, the US army showed very little interest in defending France. Marcos also does a great dishonour to the many hundreds of thousands of French men and women who died fighting for their country. The French army that tried to halt the Blitzkrieg, and the remnants of which was evacuated at Dunkirk; the Partisans who stayed in France during the occupation; the Free French forces that fought in every major campaign of the war from 1939 to 1945. The war was fought on French soil. French towns and villages were destroyed. French lives were destroyed. The French didn't ask the Nazis to invade. Also, perhaps before Marcos criticises others for 'writing before thinking', he ought to remember that the US army did not liberate France on its own. Britain, Canada, India, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Poland, Belgium, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, and yes, even France, all had troops involved in the battle to liberate Europe. There was much more to the conflict than the impression you get from Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers. I don't want to seem as if I am denigrating the sacrifice made by US servicemen, far from it: their presence certainly hastened the end of the war. However, theirs was not the only sacrifice, and perhaps people like Marcos should appreciate that a little more than they seem to.
Teddy Cooper24-Apr-2006 16:33
De loin je préfère ce titre qui ne vient pas déconsidérer le débarquement et tout ce qui s'ensuivit : mon père nè à Lake Charles ( La. ) était l'un de ces G.I.' s qui arrivèrent à l'aube du 6 juin et je reste inconditionel du bien-fondé de cette action !
Par contre, pour "Babylon" je ne peux qu'être que pleinement ok avec vous, mais nous voilà bien loin de vos photos que j'apprécie toujours : sans rancune j'espère !
Une mention pour Alice, photographe prometteur !
Eric Pouhier24-Apr-2006 13:29
Following many comments here and by mail with regards with the ancient title of this photograph : "Destroyed by US Army" (the very same army curently ravaging Babylon area and other precious archeologic treasures in the name of democracy and freedom !! ) by a new title, hopefuly less provocative.
I hope everyone will be happy with this new one, anyway thanks for visiting and commenting !
Best regards from Paris, ERic Pouhier
Teddy Cooper24-Apr-2006 06:05
J'avoue être moi ausii troublé par votre choix quant au titre de cette photo :
provocation ou intime conviction ? Si l'intime convistion devait être retenue, ce serait un déni du bien-fondé du débarquement : ré-écoutez la chanson de Sardou !
Paul Giverin 20-Apr-2006 07:07
Well done Marcos. I bet you feel a lot better for getting that off your chest. The world is full of ungrateful people isn't it? Like all those ungrateful people in Iraq at the moment.

Eric, its a great picture. Please ignore the silly comments. Keep up the good work.

P.S. Any chance of doing a Saint Malo gallery?
Marcos Rodriguez 26-Mar-2006 03:34
I was greatly enjoying myself on your fantastic gallery until I saw the title for this image. Perhaps you'd be wise to remember that your entire country was *saved* by the U.S. army; any reasonable individual should be able to see the difference between collateral damage and intentional destruction --like, I don't know, the 80,000 French Jews that the collaborationist government of Vichy willingly and readily sent to their deaths in the concentration camps.

From what I gather, you live in Paris. Here's some advise for you: go to Gare d'Austerlitz and read the plaque that faces the parking lot; afterwards, meditate of what *your* country and ancestors did (cowardly collaborate with the Nazi genocide) and failed to do (defend your country, which was the reason the U.S. army had to go to Europe in the first place, albeit in the process they broke come precious little arch in Normandy), and finally think twice before writing so haphazardly.

Regards from Mexico,

Marcos Rodriguez /
Graham Tomlin17-Mar-2006 07:23
good picture regards Helen
Robert Stuart Davies17-Mar-2006 07:18
a beautiful picture of this ruined archway, the light enhances the natural colours perfectly.
superb presentation.
regards Rob
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