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Touching video of a Syrian father being reunited with his child, who he thought had died in recent attacks:

The video is said to be from a town in southern Syria:

So it’s a relief and a delight to see this video, apparently from the southwestern Syrian town of Zamalka, that was posted online Monday by Syrian activists. The footage purports to show a father reuniting with his young son, who he thought had been killed, as thousands of Syrian children have been, in a recent attack by regime forces.

Originally posted to Scout Finch on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 07:23 AM PDT.

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  •  At what point will we "not" allow (8+ / 0-)

    our emotions to be manipulated and seek out the facts as to what is really going on? As we speak our government is planning to attack Syria, dragging us into yet another war.  Like the Gulf of Tonkin and Iraq's WMD's these Chemical attacks stink to high heaven! They (the government and the Corporate media) provide the narrative, we respond like mindless sheep.

    It is also shameful that the media is using MLK's march on Washington to cover (redirect our attention) our new war.

    •  fucking emotions (4+ / 0-)

      why do have them anyway?

      we should be robots.

      then we would be perfect.

      and we'd never be tricked by the vast super partisan conspiracy to start wars.

      god!  when will our robot overlords get here?!

      i want to plug into the matrix!

      •  Decisions to go to war (2+ / 0-)
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        CenPhx, churchylafemme

        - even "limited engagements" - should be taken with cool, collected minds, not manipulation of populations over emotional heart-tugs.

        A couple years ago, that manipulative video about "Kobe" came out. It mostly consisted of a little white kid being told about horrible things (in limited terms) by his concerned dad, juxtaposed with things about Kobe.  Come to find out, the money raised by the manipulative video was to be used to campaign for more soldiers and US soldiers to hunt down Kobe.

        Meanwhile in Africa, people in the know thought that was absolutely the wrong thing to do.

        Emotional manipulation.  Never a good reason to go to war.  Never a good lead up to war, even if there are other causes behind it.

        If this was a video outside the framework of our nation preparing attacks on another, that would be one thing. But in the lead up to attacks, the timing leads to cynicism. Provided by the Washington Post.

        Sadly, our bombing won't resolve the conflict in any way and won't reduce suffering among the rebels or the populations they control. There are plenty sad scenes behind this happy one.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 08:33:00 PM PDT

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  •  Thank you for posting this (5+ / 0-)

    ______________
    Love one another

    by davehouck on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 07:55:10 AM PDT

  •  good god.... or whatever is out there... (6+ / 0-)

    thank you for saving this one.

    thank you for saving... any and all.

    thanks, jay.
    we needed this.

    every adult is responsible for every child

    by ridemybike on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 08:05:11 PM PDT

  •  there's one cruel thing Romney said that was true (0+ / 0-)

    most of the problems one has in life are solved by being born in the West

  •  I wish I could understand what was being said. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    myboo, Faito

    Though the most important things needed no translation, of course.

    The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. --John F. Kennedy

    by CenPhx on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 08:25:55 PM PDT

  •  These people need help. There children are being (0+ / 0-)

    gassed in their sleep and thank god this one escaped the carnage.

    I am against war but not against intervening in this case. I said elsewhere we should have intervened earlier when the Nazi's started gassing the Jews in Germany and imo this is just as much a genocide.

    Barack Obama: "These guys want to be paid like rock stars when all they're doing is lip-synching capitalism." may21, 2010

    by vc2 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 03:06:35 AM PDT

  •  OK, everything's fine then...we're uplifted. (0+ / 0-)

    Seriously, is this fucking People Magazine?  

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 04:24:53 AM PDT

  •  It's right to be all weepy over this reunion, but (0+ / 0-)

    it's the rare exception in a mucking fess that the centuries of Play of the Great Game have produced.

    People wondering about what's going on in Syria would be well advised to check into http://www.joshualandis.com/... and for those who want videos to weep over, the author and his staff have a running compilation of (warning: VERY disturbing, but HONEST, content) video clips from "the field," at http://syriavideo.net/. Here youo find brag stuff and propaganda and EXCITEMENT OF COMBAT bits and Martyr Memorials and so much more CONTEXT -- showing the random firing of all kinds of weapons, like cobbled-up pointable but not aimable mortars and random rockets and of course the ever-popular "AK-47 held up over a wall and sprayed indiscriminately until the clip is empty" and RPGs blasting holes in what were once nice apartment buildings and businesses, prisoners being executed, beheadings, at least one example of a "leader" cutting the heart out of a dead "enemy" and biting into it, in fact all the kinds of scenes that something other than "embedded journalism" would show of a lot of actions of our own troops and allies (some of which you can see if you go to youtube and search "Afghanistan sniper" and follow the links you will get. )

    That will give you some more to weep about, and maybe think about, as our Fearless Leader, safe in his Situation Room, tells us "WE" have to "retaliate against" Saddam for a chemical weapon incident that is of unknown scope and provenance and thanks to "US" is likely to be "retaliated against" without benefit of silly things like FACTS and GROUND TRUTHS. Since the US investigators have no brief, even if they are allowed to do their jobs, to say who shot what at whom, when.

    But hey! IT"S WAR! and They Affronted Us, and Crossed A Red Line!

    Effing bullshit. We are a stupid people, in a stupid species, that keeps crapping in our own nest and eating our own children...

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 05:55:51 AM PDT

  •  this is the type of video (0+ / 0-)

    that the powers that be, including Obama don't want you to see.  it humanizes them....makes the foreign brown people look like everybody else and may make you think twice about dropping bombs on their country.  war sucks....all this stuff makes me sad, knowing that humanity is doomed to fail in the long run.

  •  something missing (0+ / 0-)

    First of all, am very pleased this man's son is alive and well and not too traumatized by whatever happened (by the looks of his immaculately clean clothes and physical state I have no idea where he was but it didn't appear to be dirty.

    Does anyone feel creeped out by one very big aspect of this? It's all men looking out for another male. There is only one female in this video and she's covered from head to toe and completely disassociated from every other man in the video, like she's invisible or a slave. I also asked myself if they would be so exuberant if it was a little girl but hope they would.

    Until we stop letting heterosexual males run cultures absolutely and using patriarchal religion or oppressive military regimes to do it, expect more oppression, death and destruction like what is happening in Syria. These things are all one part of a big package anywhere where women and gays (roughly 56 to 57% of any population) are dominated by that 43% minority.

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