Parents know that raising boys can be hazardous to your child’s health. Since time immemorial, young males have been fascinated and occasionally maimed by devices that go boom!
Unfortunately, the world is spattered with men who have never outgrown the concentrated childish glee that arises from engineering a successful explosion.
Granted, the Free Syrian Army is locked in a massively fatal clash to squirm out from under the hobnailed jackboot of tyranny worn by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. The Free Syrian Army’s grievances should not be belittled or minimized.
However, neither should it be assumed that raining death on fellow human beings is a heroic endeavor for responsible, adult human beings.
The fighters above, from the Free Syrian Army’s Tahrir al Sham brigade, use a shotgun to fire an improvised grenade at Syrian Army soldiers in the Arabeen neigborhood of Damascus.
While it’s true that one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist, it’s also a fact that freedom fighters and terrorists alike have granted themselves license to take human lives.
Click through the gallery and look closely at these big grownup boys. Do you see inspired freedom fighters? Every mother’s nightmare? Or a confluence of the two?
Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters