Sarin in Syria
[Updated on April 19/August 23, 2015 with the two “60 Minutes” links to [Flash video] clips below]
A crime against humanity
Behind the “60 Minutes” decision to show disturbing video
[Updated on Sept. 8, 2013 with the highly disturbing video, below]
Partial transcript of a Mike Wallace interview with Paul Meadlo in which he describes his participation in the massacre:
Q. So you fired something like sixty-seven shots?
Q. And you killed how many? At that time?
A. Well, I fired them automatic, so you can’t- You just spray the area on them and so you can’t know how many you killed ‘cause they were going fast. So I might have killed ten or fifteen of them.
Q. Men, women, and children?
A. Men, women, and children.
Q. And babies?
A. And babies.
AND THE “ADULTS.”
Two other Goya Etchings
– Victor Hugo was similarly traumatized, but as a child, by witnessing the war in Spain –
This now seems a pale reaction…
But why stop here…
Nino Kirtadze’s masterpiece, Chechen lullaby (with English subtitles) needs to be part of the most important reactions to war and violence.
And even if it seems quieter today than the scream it generated back then:
The list of films is endless: Night and Fog, Hotel Terminus, Shoah, The Act of Killing… Are images enough?
WHAT TO DO?