|This photo looks pretty routine, but the backstory of it is|
The guy I the foreground is Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov. He was in an Ankara, Turkey art gallery this morning looking at the works.
The photo of Karlov was taken just moments before he was assassinated. The person who killed him is the blurry guy in the background.
The gunman, reportedly on off-duty Turkish police officer, yelled "Don't forget Aleppo! Don't Forget Syria!" before apparently being killed by Turkish forces, Reuters reported.
The Syrian civil war has been a nightmare for hundreds of thousands of people and that is the understatement of the year.
Thousands of innocent civilians died terrible deaths in East Aleppo, and thousands more have been through months or years of incredible suffering.
Aleppo has been an astounding human failure, an astounding humanitarian failure.
One more death, this time the Russian ambassador to Turkey, is "just" another part of the horror show that is Syria and the monsters who made it happen, and the weak people who let it happen.
The photo above, while not showing any carnage, is another testament to the awfulness in that part of the world right now.