…on a beach off the Greek island of Kos, the body of a child…

…there but for good fortune, or the grace of God…

The MSM have chosen the euphemism, migrant, to describe the despairing refugee made homeless and vulnerable by the chaos, death and destruction unleashed on non-cooperating Middle Eastern countries. The sundering of Libya failed to yield its hydrocarbons to the Nato crowd, but did produce refugees by the thousands. Syria, another secular and relatively advanced country, while proving a tough nut to crack would pay for its stubbornness – widespread death, destruction and displacement. Syria, which would earlier provide refuge to tens of thousands fleeing the US assault on Iraq, is now a country whose many citizens seek survival through flight with few, if any possessions. 

The Independent takes the lead on this tragedy unleashed on innocent people. A disheartening, yet incriminating, photo provides the incentive. As it reports, If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don’t change Europe’s attitude to refugees, what will? Just a snippet to provoke further reading,,

The pictures show a small boy lying face down in the sand on a Turkish beach as an official stands over him.

The child, who is thought to be Syrian, has drowned in an apparent attempt to flee the war ravaging his country.

The Guardian keeps in step with, Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight of refugees An excerpt,

The full horror of the human tragedy unfolding on the shores of Europe was brought home on Wednesday as images of the lifeless body of a young boy – one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach the Greek island of Kos – encapsulated the extraordinary risks refugees are taking to reach the west.

The picture, taken on Wednesday morning, depicted the dark-haired toddler, wearing a bright-red T-shirt and shorts, washed up on a beach, lying face down in the surf not far from Turkey’s fashionable resort town of Bodrum.

A second image portrays a grim-faced policeman carrying the tiny body away. Within hours it had gone viral becoming the top trending picture on Twitter under the hashtag #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik (humanity washed ashore).

This brings to mind the searing photo of that young child in Vietnam running and screaming in terror as fiery napalm attacked her body. How little the mindset has changed.

So the count for the MIddle East is Iraq, Libya, and Syria, countries that posed no threat to the US or any of its compliant allies. The countries that face the consequences of these US-inspired wars? The very ones that were willing party to such misadventures. Still these ‘allies’ pay a miniscule price compared with hundreds of thousands of victims driven from their homes and livelihoods by gratuitous conflict initiated from outside.

This defining photo provides an opportunity to reflect on an article from the Global Research blog,

The Refugees are the Victims of US-NATO led Wars: The Migrants’ “Long March” across the Balkans to Western Europe

…in 2015, a drowned child on a beach, failed destination an island of the beleaguered Greece, a tragedy that exposes US policy to the world…