At the outset, I want to issue a warning for the graphic nature of this post.
But these are images I think we need to see - we being Americans, we being everyone who wishes to participate in the debate about Syria, we being Democrats, liberals and progressives.
In his weekly address today, the President spoke of the debate over using military force in Syria:
"We are the United States of America. We cannot turn a blind eye to images like the ones we’ve seen out of Syria."That is what I want to show you today. The images we have seen out of Syria. We have, on this blog and in Congress and all over the country, been waging a spirited debate on the merits of a possible military intervention predominantly by the United States. But the images have a place in the debate - a place that has thus far not been given to them by the national media.
If you think these images are going to be gross, sickening, and emotionally disturbing, they are. If you think their publication should be held back because of that nature and their potential emotional impact on the debate, I remind you that our side - the progressive side - decried George W. Bush's decision not let soldiers coming home in bodybags and flag-draped coffins during Iraq be photographed when that administration used much the same defense - it would be too emotional. The images from Syria are the other side of that same coin. If we thought the coffins and the body bags should be on display, they we cannot hide from these.
|Credit: National Post, Canada.|
|Credit: The Atlantic Wire|
|Credit: The Sun, UK.|
|Credit: The Telegraph, UK|
|Credit: New York Times.|