It’s not just about the photo. It’s about rectifying the horrible crisis in the Middle East that is the root of people like Kurdi dying in an attempt to escape it. And what about all those who are living half lives as refugees in camps or on some road to nowhere, as long as it doesn’t lead them back to the hell that is their former home? I don’t have an answer and our leaders need to work on solutions for all those whom Kurdi now represents, who were, before this photo, mostly nameless mobs of migrants that people ignored as someone else’s problem.
That little boy is not a piece of human flotsam and we cannot turn our backs on what he now represents. We never should have turned our backs on that situation in the first place. The fault is as much ours in our complacency of absorbing such human tragedies as the norm of our world (“at least it’s not in my back yard so what do I care for a civil war in Syria? “) as it is of the people who meddled in Syrian affairs to the point that ISIS was able to grow into a terror-filled caliphate. What was the lesser of two evils there?
But that question does not bear any impact on Aylan Kurdi, or his brother, or his mother, or the thousands that went to the same fate before Aylan: death by desperation. And that will never stand trial in the Hague.