actual photograph of the assassin who killed Russia's ambassador to Turkey, right after the deed, with the dying man on the floor behind him. He is shouting "Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!" to the cameras that had been recording the ambassador's speech.
The assassin, Mevlut Mert Altintas, was part of the security detail for the event. It's a disturbing sign of how the Syrian war and the Erdogan regime's response to it may lead to even more conflict and chaos in Turkey. Nobody yet knows if the assassin was part of any organized group, or, if so, which one, since there are several different groups in Syria and Turkey that would be happy to assassinate Russians.
But it also disturbs me that my first reaction on seeing this photograph was to think of television. I suppose that is partly because this was taken through a TV camera that was recording the ambassador's speech; part must also be the way the handsome assassin is dressed, just like a TV assassin would be. The gesture also seems more stage than reality.
I worry a little about my mind when it has been filled with so many images of staged violence that real violence looks staged to me.