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The UK's newspaper (I use that word reservedly) The Daily Mirror has printed a controversial photo of dead Syrian children on their front page. Should it have been on the front page? Do we need to have seen it at all?

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Should Mirror Show Dead Children On Front Page? | LBC
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The UK's newspaper (I use that word reservedly) The Daily Mirror has printed a controversial photo of dead Syrian children on their front page. Should it have been on the front page? Do we need to have seen it at all?

(Very distressing photo) link here:
Should Mirror Show Dead Children On Front Page? | LBC
I'm dubious of any news that comes out of that region. Al Jazzerra was caught red handed putting up a photo of a supposed dead guy. The problem was he wasn't dead or even wounded. To many photos from the region play on the sympathies of westerners and we are dumb enough to buy it.

I looked at the picture of the kids and they are all lined up on a bed, and it gives me pause that this was staged. Do I like Assad and Syria? No, definitely not, but, it just seems to me that we must suspect the rebels of staging scenes like this.

This is a civil war and the west should keep their hands out of it.
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I'm dubious of any news that comes out of that region. Al Jazzerra was caught red handed putting up a photo of a supposed dead guy. The problem was he wasn't dead or even wounded. To many photos from the region play on the sympathies of westerners and we are dumb enough to buy it.

I looked at the picture of the kids and they are all lined up on a bed, and it gives me pause that this was staged. Do I like Assad and Syria? No, definitely not, but, it just seems to me that we must suspect the rebels of staging scenes like this.

This is a civil war and the west should keep their hands out of it.
Yes, right from the start people in the West thought the 'rebels' were the 'good guys' but look close enough and there is plenty of evidence that the rebels are not squeaky clean at all.

It is possible this was the work of the rebels rather than Assad's forces and we certainly don't know the real picture. The situation is though that a year ago Obama stated "the use of chemical weapons would be a red line." If this was the 'work' of the rebels it wouldn't surprise us because they would love the US to intervene in order to overcome the Syrian regime. It is a very difficult situation.

I am unclear really as to whether we should intervene. Certainly no boots on the ground. Russia is itching to have a go at the US.
What needs to be done, but it probably isn't feasible, is some sort of ceasefire in order to evacuate women, children and elderly out of the country, then let the rebels and regime fight it out. As far as I am concerned those two bodies can slug it out till the last one.

It is, as I have said a few times before on this forum, the innocents of war that I want out of that region and in safe hands.

We are thousands of miles away and cannot imagine the absolute horror of being trapped in our homes with little or no food or water, living in fear of our front door being kicked down and being slaughtered.

Should this have been put on the front page of the paper? I don't think so - it is a despicable attempt to garner more sales for a failing paper, and using shock value on the front page is uncalled for.

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Yes, right from the start people in the West thought the 'rebels' were the 'good guys' but look close enough and there is plenty of evidence that the rebels are no squeaky clean at all.

It is possible this was the work of the rebels rather than Assad's forces and we certainly don't know the real picture. The situation is though that a year ago Obama stated "the use of chemical weapons would be a red line." If this was the 'work' of the rebels it wouldn't surprise us because they would love the US to intervene in order to overcome the Syrian regime. It is a very difficult situation.

I am unclear really as to whether we should intervene. Certainly no boots on the ground. Russia is itching to have a go at the US.
What needs to be done, but it probably isn't feasible, is some sort of ceasefire in order to evacuate women, children and elderly out of the country, then let the rebels and regime fight it out. As far as I am concerned those two bodies can slug it out till the last one.

It is, as I have said a few times before on this forum, the innocents of war that I want out of that region and in safe hands.

We are thousands of miles away and cannot imagine the absolute horror of being trapped in our homes with little or no food or water, living in fear of our front door being kicked down and being slaughtered.

Should this have been put on the front page of the paper? I don't think so - it is a despicable attempt to garner more sales for a failing paper, and using shock value on the front page is uncalled for.
I agree that this was done solely by a failing newspaper to boost sales, that is despicable.

I agree with your post, the innocents are the ones hurt most, ask anyone who lived through WWI and WWII.
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I agree that this was done solely by a failing newspaper to boost sales, that is despicable.

I agree with your post, the innocents are the ones hurt most, ask anyone who lived through WWI and WWII.
And of course many in the USA were involved in Vietnam, (we weren't here so we don't have citizens here having lived through the horrors of having served there).
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I wouldn't lower myself to buy the Daily Mirror in the first place. But it should not have been printed anywhere. Young kids will have seen that.
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I'm dubious of any news that comes out of that region. Al Jazzerra was caught red handed putting up a photo of a supposed dead guy. The problem was he wasn't dead or even wounded. To many photos from the region play on the sympathies of westerners and we are dumb enough to buy it.

I looked at the picture of the kids and they are all lined up on a bed, and it gives me pause that this was staged. Do I like Assad and Syria? No, definitely not, but, it just seems to me that we must suspect the rebels of staging scenes like this.

This is a civil war and the west should keep their hands out of it.
I agree, and it is too dangerous to send media or medical people there to see if anything is true. I saw a picture of a room filled with children lying all over the floor, not sure if it was the same one. It was very fuzzy, a disposable camera would have taken a better picture. All the kids seemed to be in a similar pose.
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The UK's newspaper (I use that word reservedly) The Daily Mirror has printed a controversial photo of dead Syrian children on their front page. Should it have been on the front page? Do we need to have seen it at all?

(Very distressing photo) link here:
Should Mirror Show Dead Children On Front Page? | LBC
I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I think people become desensitized when exposed to things like this. On the other hand, a lot of people fail to imagine what sorts of horrors some people will gladly visit upon others, and i think that they need the occasional brutal shock of reality.
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I wouldn't lower myself to buy the Daily Mirror in the first place. But it should not have been printed anywhere. Young kids will have seen that.
Agreed. If it had to be printed (and yes, not everyone has tv or computer to see what horrors happened there), it should have been on the inside pages. The Mirror certainly failed there.
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The UK's newspaper (I use that word reservedly) The Daily Mirror has printed a controversial photo of dead Syrian children on their front page. Should it have been on the front page? Do we need to have seen it at all?

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Should Mirror Show Dead Children On Front Page? | LBC
I say yes.
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