On second thought, let’s make sure that they’re actually Syrian and really dead or hurt.
Five people in Port Said allegedly making fake videos purporting to show the wreckage of air strikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo have been arrested, the Egyptian Interior Ministry has said.
The videographer, his assistants and the parents of two children who appear in the footage were detained after police managed to trail the would-be camera crew to a building site awaiting demolition, a statement on Monday said.
The team reportedly admitted they had planned to distribute their work on social media, pretending it showed scenes of the injured and destruction in Aleppo, the embattled northern Syrian city which has just fallen back under government control after four years of fighting between the regime and Sunni rebels.
In the distinctly amateur raw videos and stills released by the Interior Ministry, an eight-year-old girl wears a white dress and bandages covered in red stains, and holds a teddy bear. A 12-year-old boy is also interviewed about what life is like under intensive Russian-backed Syrian government air strikes.
The girl’s dress, covered in red paint, was what caught the attention of a police officer driving by, the ministry said.
The use of children to promote war is a nasty cynical thing to do. Why Americans fall for it is beyond me. We are after all a society that treats its children like fashion statements and status symbols and promotes murdering any of the ones that no one wants or who might be inconvenient. If Syrian children truly are being killed, then the Syrian people can do something about it. Not us.