LA Times: Sebastian Junger reflects on friendship, war and peace

June 9th, 2011

Los Angeles Times

Sebastian Junger reflects on friendship, war and peace

After the death of photojournalist and friend Tim Hetherington in Libya, Junger resolves to cease front-line reporting. But war, he says, remains one of humanity’s master narratives.

Author Sebastian Junger

Author Sebastian Junger

By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times

June 9, 2011, 3:27 p.m.

Last Oscar season, author Sebastian Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington walked the red carpet together.

Their documentary “Restrepo,” recorded while they were embedded with a U.S. Army platoon in Afghanistan’s remote and dangerous Korengal Valley, was nominated for an Academy Award. For months the two men had lived with the troops, sharing the same food, the same stifling quarters, and the same long stretches of boredom punctuated by moments of adrenaline-fueled terror.

Barely two months after the Oscars, on April 20, Hetherington was killed in a mortar attack in Misurata, Libya, where he was covering the rebel uprising against Moammar Kadafi‘s regime. In the months since, Junger has resolved to pull back from combat journalism.

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