Food for War. Photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson (whom you may know from his mentions in Dexter Filkins’ unforgettable book, The Forever War), photographed the MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) of soldiers from different countries in the coalition in Iraq. The above is his photograph of a US soldier’s MRE. In his narrated slideshow of military rations in modern warfare, he says:
In combat, eating is often the only good thing about a day. When a soldier or marine sits down to warm up his M.R.E., he’s not being shot at, he’s not losing friends. It’s almost a ritual, and the very act of opening one of these packages suggests safety, however brief it may be.
To a lot of the troops from many nations that I’ve met, mealtimes are the only thing to look forward to – other, perhaps, than going home.