Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between one war and another. Haven’t we seen so many in the last few decades, since the (two) war(s) to end all wars? So much so that it is easy to get confused about what is being discussed. Take this small excerpt from a CNN video report by Bill Weir:
A place where men from the government fill giant barrels with explosives, and scrap metal, and rusted cutlery, they light the fuse, they kick it out of a helicopter into the neighborhoods below.
The report, about a four-year old boy photographed after he’d crossed the desert out of Syria, will undoubtedly bring back memories for some people and, in fact, one of those memories – Vietnam – is mentioned in the report. It is also designed, on a fairly even basis, to remind everyone that both sides in a conflict do the wrong thing, and the victims are those with no defense.
A small thought, though: if you didn’t know that the report refers to the conflict in Syria, if I hadn’t mentioned it here, would another country have come to mind? Perhaps Iran or Iraq? Possibly. And another country which used helicopters and high level explosives mixed with chemicals in a war against a civilian population?
It’s fine to condemn, but it should never be forgotten, those doing the condemning are often exactly the same people, the same countries, who were using such brutal methods not all that long ago.
- Viktoria Michaelis.