I was brought to tears last night while watching televised images of the victims of chemical weapons in Damascus. The victims' suffering with convulsions and hysteria and the rows of tiny bodies wrapped in white linens will leave searing images in my memory and unanswerable questions as to how human beings can sink to such inhumanity.
Broadcasting the images to the entire world was quite proper. The collective abhorrence they generate will move the world to action and the atrocity will not be forgotten when the headlines change.
Atrocities in the United States are not so vividly exposed. We consider the dignity of the victim and loved ones, or the effect such images will have upon our children. But the consequence of such sensitivity is that the collective memory of the nation fades along with the abhorrence.
If our memories had been seared by the images of tiny bodies strewn across the floor of an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., would we have stopped hearing the protests demanding stricter gun control once the headlines had changed?
North Salt Lake