HYPOCRISY: Why Syrian Children Only Matter When Political Gain Is At Stake

When reports surfaced of a chemical attack in Syria that killed over 80 people—including 33 children—on April 4, the mainstream media couldn’t get enough. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was immediately named as the culprit, despite the fact that there had yet to be an investigation.

After famously referring to CNN as “FAKE NEWS” in the past, President Donald Trump seemed content to take the outlet’s reports as fact this time around, and he gave a heartfelt press conference, in which he lamented the loss of the “beautiful babies” that were killed in the attack.

Trump then approved the launch of 59 tomahawk missiles targeting a Syrian military base on April 6, as a form of retaliation against Assad for the chemical attack—despite the fact that there was still no proof Assad’s government was behind the attack, and an investigation had yet to be conducted.

But then at least 125 Syrians were killed, including 60 children, after a bus convoy was bombed in Aleppo over the weekend. The attack occurred while “the Syrian government was carrying out the internationally-brokered evacuation of two towns.”

In a statement, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake condemned the attack:

“After six years of war and human carnage in Syria … six years of heartbreak for so many Syrian families… there comes a new horror that must break the heart of anyone who has one. More than 60 children reportedly killed in an attack on a bus convoy yesterday outside Aleppo. A convoy of families who for so long had already known so much suffering. Now the survivors must bear such a new and terrible loss.”

Despite the fact that this second attack claimed the lives of twice the number of children, it failed to gain Trump’s attention, and was virtually ignored by the media.

This is another reminder that it is not about the innocent lives that are taken. The bus bombing in Aleppo may have killed over 100 innocent people, but because of its lack of opportunity for political gain, the attack failed to catch the attention of politicians and media mavens alike. Instead of crying for the “beautiful babies” that were lost, they simply chalked the numbers up to more of the “collateral damage” that has come out of the failed War on Terror.

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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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