The horror, the horror of Syria

Thursday, 31 May, 2012

There are images too graphic even for those who are confronted daily with examples of human barbarity. Most newspapers, magazines and TV outlets won’t publish photos from the Houla massacre in Syria, but Rainy Day will link to them. (WARNING: These photos are extremely distressing and poignant.) One could write thousands of words to condemn the Syrian evil, but these two paragraphs from The Times will suffice for now:

“One photograph shows a cherubic baby girl, no older than 2, with a tiny gold ear-stud. She is wrapped in a white shroud. Half her skull has been hacked or blown away. A saucer of bone juts from a bloody gash in what remains of her head. Another shows what appears to be a boy of perhaps 6 or 7. The blanket in which he is wrapped has fallen away to expose a bare white shoulder. He looks as if he is sleeping, but the back of his head has been lopped off like the top of a boiled egg. His brain lies on the blanket behind him.

A third shows a pretty young girl staring upwards, her mouth slightly open as if smiling. Above her right eye there is a large, bloody bullet hole surrounded by a mess of flesh and bone. The pictures go on, some mercifully out of focus, most far too shocking to print in The Times though our failure to do so spares the Assad regime.”

Syrian horror

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