The civil war in Syria has been going on for many months, but the use of chemical weapons on August 21, 2013 suddenly caused the conflict to become an international conflict. Interference from other countries had become inevitable. In the beginning the main question was who’d actually used these weapons, the rebels or Assad, but that doubt was dispelled quickly thanks to a media offensive of the U.S. and the UK. The finger was pointed to Assad. Russia, on the other hand, remained to protect Assad. Eventually the UN provided evidence there were chemical weapons used, but by whom they were used was not established. In this tug of war it became clear that the U.S. wanted to interfere in the conflict. A small protest of U.S. soldiers who spoke out against this war was largely unnoticed by the mainstream media, but attracted the attention of ThomK.
Pictures of anonymous soldiers started to appear on Twitter (#IDIDNTJOIN), with their faces hidden behind a written message that made it clear that they were not willing to fight in this war. Besides that it’s forbidden by law in the U.S. to make a political statement in uniform, this was not the kind of campaign that helped the government plans to intervene in this new war. Right after, a notification that the Syrian Electronic Army (Syrian pro-Assad hackers) was behind this campaign appeared, claiming the first pictures initiating this campaign, were posted by them. A week later, the first American soldier who admitted that he was one of the soldiers who had photographed himself with a protest message came forward.
In the confusion where this protest comes from we can see a metaphor towards the discussion about who was actually responsible for using the chemical rocket. We see how difficult truth works in a complex political conflict like this, and how the message of a small group of people- or even an individual, can sometimes be received with as much value as, for instance, the message of a government.