This little boy is likely to become the new face of humankind’s ability to inflict inhumane pain and suffering.
He is a 5-year-old Syrian boy whose home was bombed in an air strike in the city of Aleppo, where the youngster lives with his parents.
A CNN anchor broke down and cried today when she reported on the youngster’s wounds and on the carnage that’s occurring within his country.
The boy’s name is Omran Daqneesh.
I don’t know at this moment whether he is alive. Nor do I know the fate of his parents.
The Syrian civil war has killed at least a quarter-million people. The Islamic State is seeking to toss out the government of Bashar al Assad. The Russian air force is supporting Assad. The United States opposes Assad’s government and is working to destroy ISIS.
Who dropped the bomb that obliterated Omran’s house? We don’t know. It appears to have been a Russian air strike.
Will the image on the video attached to this post do anything to end the violence? Probably not.
It’s worth looking at this video, time and again, just to understand the hideousness of war and the irreparable damage it inflicts on the world’s most defenseless victims.