In Friday’s statement on Syria SoS John Kerry referenced a photograph to impress the American public and the world with the horrific chemical weapons gassing of Syrian civilians (reference comes @ 5:40 mark – 6:17 mark).
Only problem is that was not a photo of the dead Syrians.
From photographer Marco di Lauro’s site the above photo’s caption:
Al Musayyib, Iraq – May 27, 2003
An Iraqi child jumps over a line of hundreds of bodies, in a school where they have been transported from a mass grave, to be identified. They were discovered in the desert in the outskirts of Al Musayyib, 40 km south of Baghdad. It has been estimated that between 10,000 and 15,000 Iraqis had been reported missing in the region south of Baghdad. People have been searching for days for identity cards or other clues among the skeletons to try to find the remains of brothers, fathers, mothers, sisters and even children who disappeared when Saddam’s government crushed a Shi’ite uprising following the 1991 Gulf War.
Obviously the Obama administration, after 5 years, is STILL unable to check its sources and vet its information before using it. The above photograph Kerry referred to had been used a day earlier by the BBC and was picked up by other news outlets in the U.S. and Europe, as well the U.S. State Department’s head Friday. It is said the photographer “nearly fell off his chair” when he saw how wrongly his 10 year old photograph of Iraq was being used to promote a strike on Assad in Syria.
Some are also reminding that this very same photo was used by Kerry’s ilk and the media as proof our troops were mass murdering Iraqis during the Iraq War…