June 15th, 2012
08:55 AM ET

Portraits of conflict: Can an image stop the bloodshed?

(CNN) - For weeks now, I've been warning viewers about the video I'm about to show them.

They are horrific images from the conflict in Syria - images of blood-stained walls, butchered children and dead babies.

On air, I preface the footage with an emphatic warning: "They are disturbing and not appropriate for all viewers. But given the nature of the attack and the number of dead, we believe showing them is necessary to convey the extent of this atrocity."

They are the ultimate portrayal of reality, depicting the terror on the ground and the urgent need for help. But can images like these stop the bloodshed?