Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Women and Children

For the last several days, I've been contemplating a post comparing AP's (the newswire) depiction of when women and children are killed in Iraq.

From what I read from the AP newswire stories, my impression is that women and children are only killed when Americans attack. When a terrorist bomb goes off, only "people" are killed. When America bombs a safe house, or mounts an offensive into a city, then AP is very careful to note how many women and children were killed.

I have no illusions that innocents are killed from American hands. It happens, and reading a number in a news story doesn't even begin to describe the absolute horror those families must be going through.

But...

In Beth's blog, A Labrats Journey, she mentions in passing about a corpsman who is recovering from injuries sustained from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). She mentions...


We had a corpsman here who was injured from an IED that was a donkey cart being towed by a child, he was here for two weeks and finally left for the states.



I had to read this several times to make sure I read it right.

Using children as tools of war? Killing children in schools?

Are we supposed to believe that there is equivalence between accidental deaths and intentional ones?

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