Just imagine what the scene would be in Germany if the United States incessantly bombed hospitals in a Syrian city and images of injured and dead children were broadcast on German TV. Sahra Wagenknecht would hold forth with angry tirades against NATO in the Bundestag. Her husband Oskar Lafontaine would appear on the talk shows and lash out against "American Imperialism" (oh, wait, he does that anyway). And Jakob Augstein, the "left-wing" Spiegel columnist would call for massive street demonstrations and for a boycott of Israel. But the images we are seeing now are the result of RUSSIAN bombs - not American. So Jakob Augstein tells his readers to "look away" ("wegsehen") :
Intervenieren? Es ist kein Zufall, dass man diese Vokabel für die kriegerischen Einsätze des Westens nutzt, die in der großen Mehrzahl der Fälle die Dinge nicht besser, sondern schlechter gemacht haben. In Afghanistan, im Irak, in Libyen da wäre man froh gewesen, wenn der Westen nicht "interveniert" hätte. Und auch Syrien wäre heute besser dran, wenn weder der Westen noch Russland noch Iran noch Saudi-Arabien "interveniert" hätten.
Wenn man mir Bilder von toten Kinder zeigt, mache ich von meinem Recht auf Wegsehen Gebrauch.
("Intervention? It is no accident that this word is invoked for acts of war by the West, which in most cases have made things worse rather than better. In Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Libya we would have been much better off it the west had not "intervened. And also Syria would be much better off today if neither the West, nor Russi nor Iran nor Saudi Arabia had not "intervened"). If you show me images of dead children i exercise my right to look away.")
Funny how the same people who get outraged at anything the US does just shrug their shoulder when Russia commits atrocities.
Did Augstein - or for that matter, Wagenknecht or Lafontaine - make any statements when a detailed international report presented irrefutable evidence that Russia was involved in shooting down MH17, killing 298 passengers? No, they exercised their "Right to Look Away.