January 22, 2014

As if the Photographic Evidence of Syrian Atrocities Could Have Gotten Any Worse

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There will be much more to say about this staggering human rights story, about the images smuggled out of Syria documenting the government’s systematic torture and killing of roughly 11,000 detainees as captured in approximately 55,000 photos. (This post at The Guardian contains the expert’s report.) In the meantime, do you know what’s so stunning about this file image editors chose to illustrate this UPI article about the mechanistic butchery and the graphic, if hideously clinical photos many are comparing to those from the Nazi concentration camps? It’s that the revolting image of child corpses circulated last August to document the Syrian government’s gassing of its own citizens in Ghouta would, by comparison, look so quiet and serene.

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