Yesterday's photograph on the front of The Times was of the five year old boy who had been injured in a raid on the city of Aleppo and he was sitting in the back of am ambulance on his way to hospital. During his short life he will have known nothing but war. It was a shocking photograph.
A few months ago another shocking photograph was of a Syrian father emerging from the sea carrying the dead body of his small son.
Yes - as the years go on so wars are brought nearer and nearer - into our living rooms with constant television coverage, on to the front pages of newspapers. All designed to shock. But do they, or have we become impervious to it all?
Yesterday a friend and I were talking about this and we decided that really nothing has changed. Throughout our lives there has been killing on a massive scale in various places in the world - and all for what?
Now I read that in the 'battle' for the Labour leadership the two main contestants have argued on whether or not Isis should be invited to peace talks round a table.
I am reminded of the Winston Churchill saying that 'Jaw, jaw, jaw, is better than war, war, war' and my personal view is that any talking is better than no talking at all, regardless of one's views on what is happening in that part of the world.
I would be interested to hear what you think.