Have you seen this?
Young Iraqi boys, some tied to their cribs, lie on the floor at a Baghdad orphanage on June 10, 2007, after they were discovered by U.S. and Iraqi soldiers. A total of 24 naked and abused boys, ages 3 to 15 years old, were found in a darkened room without any windows. Many of the children were too weak to stand once released. A locked room full of food and clothing was found nearby.
A young boy lies on the floor tethered to his crib in an orphanage in Baghdad's Fajr neighborhood after it was raided by U.S. and Iraqi soldiers who discovered a total of 24 naked and abused boys, ages 3 to 15 years old, in a darkened room without any windows.
The soldiers found kitchen shelves packed with food in the stock room. Instead of giving it to the boys, the soldiers believe it was being sold to local markets.
U.S. and Iraqi soldiers provide medical care to boys discovered naked and abused in a Baghdad orphanage on June 10, 2007. Soldiers found 24 severely malnourished boys, some tied to their beds, in the orphanage, yet there was a room full of food and clothing nearby.
A U.S. soldier carries one of the boys found naked and abused at a Baghdad orphanage to an ambulance on June 10, 2007.
Seeing these images effects such an emotional tug on the human heart that, for a fleeting moment, one wonders if the War itself is justifyable for the sake of rescuing this little ones alone.
But let us imagine a hypothetical.
Suppose you discovered that this terrible injustice happened here in one of our own orphanages. Suppose, again for the sake of argument, that you managed to get photos like these of the crime.
What do you think? Ought you use the graphic evidence of horrific injustice to pull back the veil of four cement walls -- difficult as the pictures are to look at -- so that others might be outraged as well?
Or, should you instead just cover the pictures up, and try to convince people using words only, that such terrible injustice is being done to innocent children?
I rest my case.