Screenshot of inteview with a reporter in Homs who has since been killed
Today both the New York Times and USA Today give above-the-fold attention to Syria:
Ghastly Images Flow From Shattered Syrian City (New York Times)
Each newspaper is also running related stories.
This week, for the first time, I perceive American media is beginning to give the situation in Syria the attention it deserves. If and how this might influence American public opinion and policy is yet to be seen.
Beginning last May I have made regular references to Syria in this blog. At first I was restrained. This is a homeland security blog, after all. Since September I have been less and less restrained. For the last few weeks I have been preachy and insistent. Some have complained.
Last week Arnold Bogis asked the obvious question, “What would you have the U.S. do?” (See last two comments in the linked chain for his question and my answer.) A short version of my answer: We should at least pay attention. We dare not fail-to-notice the murder of thousands.
Finally our media has begun to notice. As a result, I will again adopt a more restrained approach to referencing Syria at HLSWatch.
Arnold did not follow-up on my answer, but he could have — quite fairly — asked again, “But what would you have us do?”
I do not have an adequate response. Some self-righteous bluster would, probably, make me feel better. But that would help no one else, certainly not those being bombarded in Homs.
It is helpful that more will now see what is happening. I hope wiser, perhaps braver men and women will find an effective way to really help.