The reference is to a picture and an article in today’s ‘Guardian’ under the headline “Boy in the ambulance: shocking image emerges of Syrian child pulled from Aleppo rubble.”
Of course, your heart goes out to the little boy in the picture, and so it should, and it is meant to. However, how shocking is this image in the context of children being blown to pieces by ISIS, by the rebels, by Assad’s troops, by the Americans and by the Russians? Oh, and while we see the “horrific” “hole in the middle of the great big garden” results of a Palestinian Qassam rocket, how many images of “blown to pieces” Gazan children do we get to see?
Still, David Milliband and a nonentity labour campaigner David Baines get to be appalled as does a certain Lydia Shelly, an Australian lawyer. All “appalled, appalled, appalled” and when we leave the comfort zone that the lowering of our affective filters has permitted us to enter, we are allowed to cognitively process the information that:
“On Tuesday, Russia launched airstrikes in Aleppo and two other provinces from a base in western Iran, the main regional ally of the Assad regime.”
It might be implied, or even explicitly stated, that the culprits can only be found in Damascus, Moscow, and Teheran, but then we never got to see those pictures of the dead Gaza children and if I can remember David Milliband being appalled back then, it was when the Qassam rockets had Israelis having to interrupt their dinner and scurry for shelter.
And on that note, and having introduced my very current, “image and reality” gripe, it might be time to direct you to Norman Finkelstein’s ‘Image and Reality of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict’ and who knows a little chewing of the cud could just lead to you treating articles like the one in today’s ‘Guardian’ with the contempt they deserve.