oh dear lord
Unless you have a strong stomach, don't look at this.
My heart breaks over this. As should go without saying, I also grieve for our own casualties and those of allied forces. They have families and loved one too, and I can't imagine their anguish, but they're professional soldiers all, and volunteers. The child in that picture is someone's daughter too. I pray she survives her wounds. I pray that our mission to
fight terrorism disarm Iraq get rid of Saddam liberate the people of Iraq achieves a swift victory so the region can enjoy all those magnificent benefits of conquest the neocon hawks have been promising us. Perhaps then this girl's suffering may be justified.
One of my reservations about Bush all along has been my perception that he's intended to make war against Iraq all along. For my own part, I've discussed some of the basis of my philosophy about war, but what little I've seen of the US media's cheerleading coverage (the TVs at work that normally broadcast a company bulletin board are now tuned to CNN) makes me think of another formative element: The Star Trek eposode A Taste of Armageddon. In that episode, the crew of the Enterprise encounters two planets that have been fighting a 500-year-long computer-controlled war. Kirk, in his inimitable fashion, blows up the computers and forces the two planets to confront the real thing, with all its attendant horror and destruction. That's the point, Kirk says: War is supposed to be terrible, so you don't engage in it. And it's interesting to note that Starfleet's solution to the dilemma was--diplomatic negotiation.