What does it refer to? As a pronoun, does it refer to the whole situation or the previous sentence?

The images are gut-wrenching. In one video, a man tries to revive a child, a boy perhaps three or four years old, by pouring water over his face, rubbing him, attempting a futile resuscitation. The boy is pale and limp and appears to have died. Around him there are more bodies in similar states of death or near-death, prostrate on a floor. Men move around with the kinetic energy of those overwhelmed by a catastrophe and lacking the knowledge and the tools to save the victims. Oddly, there is no blood. It is as if everyone has drowned.

Syria, Assad, and the History of Chemical Weapons

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The next to the last sentence makes the last sentence make sense.

I think the "it" refers to the whole situation but you can make a case for its referring just to the previous sentence. The meaning is essentially the same in either case.

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