Pictures of American bombs covered with the words “From Paris, With Love” are turning up on social media. The bombs are supposedly headed for ISIS controlled territory in Iraq and Syria, and the messages are a reference to this weekend’s deadly terrorist attack in Paris that left over 120 dead and hundreds more injured. ISIS has publicly declared responsibility for the attacks.
But are they real? Not according to Julia Macfarlane of the BBC:
There’s pics circulating of US missiles bound for #ISIS that seem to have been marked “from Paris with love” - it’s clearly photoshopped.— Julia Merryfarlane 🎄 (@juliamacfarlane) November 15, 2015
Maybe she’s right. But my inner jingoistic revenge fantasist wants to believe.
And as the Washington Post points out, writing messages on bombs is nothing new. Here’s a special holiday greeting that was written during World War II. It sort of looks shopped too, but I’ll take the Post’s word for it:
And here’s a more recent example.