Saturday, March 15, 2008


Today there will be many public protests against the War in Iraq as we approach the fifth anniversary of its start on March 19, 2003. George Bush keeps repeating that he has no doubts or qualms over his decision to send U.S. troops and war planes into Iraq.

Yet today on BBC Radio, listeners heard stories of the lesser known casualties of the war. Someone shot a five-year-old Iraqi boy in the neck soon after the war began. He is now paralyzed from the neck down. U.S. soldiers shot a ten-year-old Iraqi child in the head when his father misunderstood an order from U.S. soldiers to stop. He is now blind and mentally incapacitated.

These wounds are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to "collateral damage." How can George Bush be glad he did what he did when he started the war in view of all the civilians and children killed, maimed or grievously wounded as a result? Has Bush no humanity? Does he merely shrug off any awareness of the terrible human calamity he has caused? Are wounded and blinded children just an unfortunate by-product?

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