This horrific image — a true Urban Semiotic — is making the rounds of the Internets today along with lots of breast-beating and self-immolation over the appropriateness of showing this child killed in a car-bomb explosion in Baquba, Iraq yesterday. 15 people were killed, including seven policemen. Twenty others were wounded.
There are many websites that provide bloodier images of dead and dying Iraqi children — so why is there so much upset expressed over this image?
It is because the child looks Westernized?
Is because she looks like she’s just sleeping — until you linger a bit longer on her face to see the blood wiped from her nose and mouth?
Is it her angelic, white, swaddling — surrounded by a halo of blood stains — that bubbles the meaning of the Christ Child to the surface of our repressed suffering in the Muslim world?
What’s your take on power of the image?