Instead of bickering over whether or not publishing the photo was to one side’s or the other’s publicity advantage, we should focus on the image itself, which is essential to understanding what war does. It kills, maims, causes heartbreaking suffering for the innocent and diminishes all combatants and their supporters. I saw the photo, and I was moved to tears. I think we all need to see pictures of this sort to remind us what happens when we decide that the way to settle disagreements is to wage battle. Whose enemy was that 11-month-old baby?

Angela Miotto, Greenbelt