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January 29, 2013

I Feel it Would be Wrong Not to Stop and Take Note of this Photo from Aleppo

Maybe this stopped me cold  because of the pathway that, from this angle, heads straight toward town. Maybe it’s because the channel is otherwise such a generic and anonymous element of infrastructure. Or maybe — the Syrian government having grown even more senseless and maniacal in recent weeks — it’s because it feels like a clear line (yet another one) has been breached.  Practically though, can you imagine if 100 corpses had been deposited in one continuous stretch along the High Line in New York City? What’s so shocking here, what’s so perverse is how the scene of these bodies revels in its blatancy. I’m as sickened by this as I am by a conflict that, proceeding along with the steadiness of an hour hand, only guarantees more of the same.

(photo: Thomas Rassloff/EPA caption: People gather at the banks of a waterway in the south of Aleppo from which rebels have recovered more than 100 bodies.)

  • bks3bks

    That’s the civilian toll from each “drone” strike ordered by Obama. Let’s not get all sanctimonious about the blood on other hands.

    –bks

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      I was reacting to the gravity of the photo in the news space as opposed to the comparative morality or scale of the act. I’m thinking the High Line analogy must have gotten at least one of us.

    • jonst

      Just curious….could you document where you are getting the number of killed from each drone strike? You numbers, and therefore, your comparison, strikes me as absurd.

  • Mona

    http://www.npr.org/2013/01/29/170091382/from-aleppo-an-artifact-of-a-calmer-age
    Michael, when I read the article above, it was disingenuous in the light of what you posted today. No one wants to see these images. People walking on the sides of the tunnel on their way… it really is disturbing. Thank you for putting it up.

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      Certainly, the gauzy lead photo is hard to swallow when their goal is to draw a counterpoint between war-torn Aleppo and its (romanticized) past. …But rather, we should talk about silk.

  • LanceThruster

    Life is nasty, brutish, and short (and especially for some more than others).

    So very sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rassloff Thomas Rassloff

    sorry, that i have to take that kind of picture,, but is reality in syria …

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  • bks3bks

    I see ten dead bodies, maybe 15. Here’s a source that claims 50 dead civilians per drone strike, so perhaps I was being too conservative:

    http://www.policymic.com/articles/16949/predator-drone-strikes-50-civilians-are-killed-for-every-1-terrorist-and-the-cia-only-wants-to-up-drone-warfare

    –bks

  • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

    I took the number of 100+ from the Guardian article linked to in the post.

  • bks3bks

    Sure, I was commenting on the photo, not the text.

    –bks

  • jonst

    whatever you were commenting on….could you please point me to the citation/s for your assertion?

  • bks3bks

    http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-01-24/world/36529094_1_drone-strikes-drone-program-drone-attacks

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/25/world/asia/pakistan-us-drone-strikes/index.html

    It’s hard to get exact numbers. DoD has no interest in such numbers, and is not on site. Those who are on site are not in a position to post to this blog. The difference between a civilian and a “terrorist” is gone when you’re counting corpses. Not to mention the egregious use of “militant”. Sarah Palin is militant.

    –bks

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