Speaking of loss of life, I continue to be disturbed by the likelihood of civilian casualties, especially in light of the planned attacks on Iraqi cities. I have no doubt the allied forces will do what they can, and that a compliant US media will do their best to divert attention away from the civilian dead, but consider: The Israeli Army is about as well-trained and disciplined as they come, and by now has pounds of hard-won experience in urban warfare, and even they aren't able to avoid wasting the occasional four-year-old girl. As tragic as that situation is, though, I'm willing to grant that the Israelis are acting in self-defense.
As I've mentioned, I have a girl who's almost four. Every time I hear of something like this, I imagine my bright, beautiful child mangled and torn, and my heart breaks. It's no less tragic for an Israeli, a Palestinian, an Iraqi, or a Nepalese to lose a child. Admittedly, if it truly came down to us-versus-them, I'd prefer it be "them," however callous that may be.
But this time, there's no threat. We are not acting in self defense. And so every four year old Iraqi girl killed or maimed is nothing but a bloody sacrifice on the altar of Bush's imperial ambitions. And everyone who supports those ambitions--even by closing their eyes to the lies used to disguise the one policy Bush has had all along--bears some responsibility too. On behalf of the father of that dead girl, whose anguish I can well imagine, I'm going to remember.