Bag’s Take-Away:

I don’t do much cat blogging, but this shot, from the Turkish border near new Syrian refugee camps is moving, funny and profoundly wistful at the same time. The cat, an odd, “old soul”  combo of Groucho Marx and Saddam Hussein (or, Assad even?), pierces us with the gaze you’d expect to see on a child’s face in a war-torn compassion photo. Strangely, it’s an amazing witness to Syrian repression. 

UPATE: Mroww! I got a few unhappy tweets over this one. Anyway, there are times I think I’m being sarcastic or using parody, and no one gets it. (Saddam Hussein, the kitten?) Anyway, I was trying to point out how the MSM trivializes conflict, but maybe I really did fall for little Groucho.  

(photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP caption: A kitten looks on near the village of Guvecci, Turkey, on the border with Syria, Sunday, June 19, 2011, Turkish authorities say 10,553 refugees were being sheltered in four camps as of Sunday morning. Activists say Syrian troops are tightening their grip on villages near the Turkish border, setting up checkpoints and making dozens of arrests.
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Bag’s Take-Away:

I don’t do much cat blogging, but this shot, from the Turkish border near new Syrian refugee camps is moving, funny and profoundly wistful at the same time. The cat, an odd, “old soul” combo of Groucho Marx and Saddam Hussein (or, Assad even?), pierces us with the gaze you’d expect to see on a child’s face in a war-torn compassion photo. Strangely, it’s an amazing witness to Syrian repression.

UPATE: Mroww! I got a few unhappy tweets over this one. Anyway, there are times I think I’m being sarcastic or using parody, and no one gets it. (Saddam Hussein, the kitten?) Anyway, I was trying to point out how the MSM trivializes conflict, but maybe I really did fall for little Groucho.

(photo: Vadim Ghirda/AP caption: A kitten looks on near the village of Guvecci, Turkey, on the border with Syria, Sunday, June 19, 2011, Turkish authorities say 10,553 refugees were being sheltered in four camps as of Sunday morning. Activists say Syrian troops are tightening their grip on villages near the Turkish border, setting up checkpoints and making dozens of arrests.

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