How could you look at the pictures and not think they look like her?
First, I'm curious as to what criterion you are using to judge what the Virgin Mary looks like? Second, all I recall when I looked into this stuff were pictures that essentially were big balls of light. Could you link or post a picture which shows so much detail that you can make such assured claims? I have said similar things to what Tom is saying in previous posts on this subject--though with about 1/100 the zeal!
I also want to know, what was the fruit of this apparition? How many muslims were converted, for example, or has it caused a demonstrable revival in the Christian community there (and can evidence be given that the apparition was the direct cause of the revival or conversions?) I disagree, seemingly, with Tom on the possibility
of apparitions (they have happened and been accepted in Orthodox history), but I think the questions he asks are valid ones that not only can be asked, but should
. The Othodox tradition teaches us to use extreme caution when we think that we see an apparition, vision, prophetic dream, etc. If we are cautious out of godly piety, God will not hold it against us. Even the Virgin Mary expressed something akin to awe-filled but reverent disbelief when the angel spoke to her.