Back in 2015, when a photo went viral of the body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach, I put up a post entitled “The Responsibility for this Boy’s Death Rests Entirely with the US and Its Allies,” in which I wrote the following:
The death of this child is a tragedy. But of course Aylan is only one boy. Nearly a quarter of a million Syrians, according to some estimates, have died since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011. I’m going to say something that will sound startling and extreme to some, but the blood of every single one of these people is on the hands of the Obama administration, and particularly its policy makers in the State Department, as well as certain US allies. Anyone and everyone who has provided weapons, training, or any other type of support…to Al Nusra, ISIS or any of the other armed gangs terrorizing Syria and driving people from their homes…bears a share of the responsibility.
It’s interesting that the boy’s aunt now apparently, in effect, agrees with me. And we now have a member of Congress who has come to see the wisdom of this as well.