Secretary of State John Kerry referenced this photograph when making his speech today, trying to drive home how awful the Syrian chemical attack was as he tried to convince us why we should go to war. One problem. The picture isn’t even from Syria. It’s from Iraq in 2003. The photographer, Marco di Lauro, said he nearly “fell off his chair” when he saw it was being used to promote a war in Syria. It’s getting pretty disturbing to see how far our politicians, both Republican and Democrat, are willing to go to drum up support for a war nobody wants.
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In fact, that’s not the only time THIS photo in particular has been used as propaganda to fuel war with Syria. In May, 2012, di Lauro said he was “astonished” at the failure of the BBC to check their sources. The BBC had “accidentally” used this picture taken in to illustrate the senseless massacre of children in Syria.