Witness the benevolence of Baby Assad, the man Obama believes will usher in the democratic reforms Syrians are asking for. Hamza was 13. Thirteen. One of the pictures is disturbing, so be warned.
Devotedly washed and sprinkled with rose petals, Hamza Ali al-Khateeb lies prepared for burial.
But the rituals of death cannot wipe away the horrific injuries that have mutilated his body almost beyond recognition.
Nor do they blot out that Hamza – riddled with bullets, kneecapped and with neck broken and penis hacked off – has the rounded cheeks and gentle face of a child.
At 13, he is one of the youngest known victims of Syria’s ruthless crackdown on protesters who have tried to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
The teenager’s family were told not to speak of his terrible fate. But in a pitiful act of defiance, they posted the footage of his corpse online.
The action led to his father being arrested last week. His whereabouts are unknown.
Expecting sanity from a despot who authorizes the brutal torture and murder of children is either abject stupidity or complete callous disregard for the lives of the Syrian masses who are clamouring, crying out for freedom. We saw Obama’s muted reaction to the first round of Iranian protests. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. (He thinks you’re stupid, and that you believe every word he says. When his lips move, he’s lying.)