Just a few quotes gleaned from a web search (all linked to their source sites):
“Nayef Abu Snaima says his 14-year-old cousin Jihad had been sitting on the edge of an olive grove talking animatedly to him about what he would do when he grew up when he was killed instantly by an Israeli shell.”
“After all, who among us is not moved by endless images of dead babies sheathed in blood, body parts hanging by a shred of gristle, with the blank stare of eternity glazing their eyes? What ‘civilized”‘ person secure in their happy world of languid summer days, mall festivals brimming with second-rate food and third rate crafts, concerts on the lawn with wine and traveling minstrels, could not want this distant tribal slaughter to stop, stop, stop this very instant?”
“…the critical element remains the very low value put upon Afghan civilian lives by U.S. military planners and the political elite, as clearly revealed by U.S. willingness to bomb heavily populated regions.”
“…the number of dead … caused by the U.N sanctions that started with Bush I, and continued under President Bill Clinton, whose Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, once described the effects of the sanctions on Iraq’s children as ‘worth it.'”
And, from a site that helps doctors make better decisions:
“All societies attach a different range of meanings to war than to natural disasters, and questions of societal recognition, reparation, and justice are generally central. Most modern conflict has been grounded in the use of terror to control and silence whole populations. Those abusing power typically refuse to acknowledge their dead victims, as if they had never existed and were mere wraiths in the memories of those left behind. This denial, and the impunity of those who maintain it, must be challenged if survivors are to make sense of their losses and the social fabric is to mend. For the names and fate of the dead to be properly lodged in the public record of their times also illuminates the costs that may flow from the philosophies and practices of the Western led world order, ones which health workers should be in a position to influence.”
Congratulations. That’s about as far out of context that I have ever been quoted. Carry on!
My God, I am weeping over this. The contrast between blown apart little bodies and festivals at the mall shamed me in a good and right way. Not that I frequent malls but nonetheless living in America many of us are sheltered from the world’s dark horrors of war. I am speechless and again feel the importance of helping in any way we can. Even if it’s just helping someone we know who is suffering. Or the millions of children in this country who are starving. In some way we each must get involved. We must give. We must help. Many Americans tend to think the next wide screen TV, the latest model SUV, the largest multi million dollar home, etc. is their whole world. It’s not. Others starve, freeze, suffer unimaginably and die.
Thank you for this very “real” post.
Yes, Robin, more compassion backed up by action…