<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Candy. Toys. Eighteen dead children.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Candy. Toys. Eighteen dead children.

Think this will improve our image in Iraq? Yesterday a suicide car bomb exploded next to U.S. troops handing out candy and toys, killing 18 children and injuring 70. Twelve of the dead were 13 or younger; six were between 14 and 17. An American soldier was also killed.

Even though the abhorrent act provided a welcome distraction from the Karl Rove imbroglio, White House press secretary Scott McClellan condemned the bombing, saying it showed that insurgents "have no regard for innocent, human life whether it's men, women, or children.''

But who was handing out the candy and toys? And why? Do we really think we can win Iraqi hearts with such cheap and obvious tricks? If it ever worked before, it probably won't work anymore.



Blogger MommyCool said...

And did you notice that the media didn't really focus on this event? Not with the same coverage given to the bombings in London. Imagine if the same number of kids were targeted and killed in the UK? Attacking children makes no sense and doesn't advance anyone's cause. The act defies all logic. Children are innocents not even old enough to understand their place in the world. What was the Iraqi bomber thinking? MommyCool.com notes, "If there were piles of shiny, golden coins worth millions and billions of dollars, would a suicide bomber stop his mission on the street to gaze at the potential of the loot? He could use the gold to buy many pleasures. He would not have to be a suicide bomber." Instead, children are dead and now families are suffering.

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