posted on Jan, 21 2009 @ 07:44 PM
I didn't click the link...didn't need to nor did I feel it was required.
Vietnam - Photographers purposefully took photos of dead and dying children to capture the heartache of war, and to fuel the propaganda machines that
Heroshima - photogs of children dead and dying
Africa (warrtorn areas and areas of terrible famine and disease throughout modern history) children dead and dying.
Iran, Behruit, Jordan, Syraia, Greece, georgia, Germaby, Britain, Ireland, Canada.....every single country on earth that has ever experienced grief on
a large scale has relied on photographs and video (film ) of children in the throes of death and dying.
it is a moment captured to postulate the grief, to further a cause (be it wrong or right), to shock and enrage, to gain sympathies and supports....
This isn't a new phenominon, it goes back before video and cameras, goes back to pictograms on cave walls, hyroglyphs and the like...all through
There is also the matter of culture and religious beliefs...that child is a martyr and in their culture it is perfectly acceptable and infact expected
that that child should be held up and paraded as such. We in the west consider it distasteful at the very least, because we have entirely different
views about death and life.
Do a google search on "child, death" and take a look at all of the millions of photos on the net alone depicting death of children...
A dead child is a powerful message and represents the absolute grief and suffering of a people. All cultures have done this sort of thing ALL.
I think we all need to take a step back, the picture is far bigger than this, and it reaches around the globe. had it been a North American child
killed similarly would we not photograph it and display it to get our message across?
just my opinion of it. It's nothing new and the message is clear regardless of what country the child belongs to.