From Guernica to Qana

The images from Lebanon remind me of this piece but somehow the painting now fails to show the horrors of war to me. It seems too tame to me now. I could've chosen to post an image of a dead child pulled from the rubble in Qana to represent what I am talking about but it is too painful.

It is strange how, as a parent, every child is my child. You see the same eyes and the same expressions of fear. It is simply painful to see a dead child because it is your own.

Picasso's Guernica can't speak of these things in the same way. It is first and foremost an intellectualization of the horrors of war and then a visceral one. But one that ultimately says the same thing about the human cost of war.
gregory turner-rahman