The images in today's papers are almost impossible to bear. But it shouldn't have needed a dead child to force some people to rediscover their humanity and it shouldn't have needed a dead child to force people to stop demonising the victims of a humanitarian crisis.
It shouldn't have needed such harrowing images to make people end cruel and dehumanising attacks on "swarms" of families just seeking safety. It shouldn't need the hideous reality behind those images to stop people whipping up fear and hatred towards those most in need of our help.
It shouldn't take a dead child to force those with a powerful voice to start talking about "victims" not "vermin"; for open contempt to be replaced by traces of compassion which may prove fleeting but might, hopefully, become the prevailing voice in the media.
It shouldn't, but sadly it has.