War is not healthy for children

8 thoughts on “War is not healthy for children”

  1. I’m sorry, but I can’t let the go just yet. I doubt I can put into words my true feelings regarding these murders (without using egregious expletives) and the vehemence I feel toward my own government, but I’m sure as hell going to try.

    As a parent and grandparent, hearing about the killing of a grandchild of a person who’s name is familiar to me is at first horrifying and then maddening. Gaddifi might be the worst person on Earth, but his grandchildren deserve better than being merely acceptable collateral damage in another countries civil conflict where we have no business interfering, and yet we… we collectively for not forcefully acting to stop these undeclared wars… are the neanderthals who are to blame.

    And yet… in the midst of the anger over this identifiable tragedy, I (and we all) have to realize that we’ve been killing anonymous grandchildren for decades. Gaddifi may have hated us before, but if he’s anything like me, he hates us with a vengeance now and maybe for the first time, with good reason. And what about all those anonymous grandparents? Can any rational person expect them to forgive and forget? Not me. If I were one of them and my only recourse for retribution was strapping bombs around my waist and killing as many Americans as possible, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

    This is just saddening and sickening and it’s got to stop. Since WWII every single president has sent our military to fight undeclared wars, and our spineless, irresponsible, cowardly congress has allowed them to do it. That’s got to stop too. Politicians who ignore their oaths of office and their constitutional responsibilities need to be unemployed – forcefully if necessary. Tomorrow I begin researching what it takes to recall mine.

    1. Wow, the “strapping bombs around my waist and killing as many Americans as possible” bit is a bit scary, but I have to admit that I’ve had my share of frustration-induced mass-murder-to-make-my-point fantasies. The bottom line is that, no matter how compelling the “humanitarian crisis” argument sounds, history has repeatedly proven just how reckless such interventions really are.

    2. It seems I’ve spent most of my life worrying about a loved one being called to serve, to kill another nation’s brothers, husbands and sons, and perhaps to be killed in the process. And in ten years or so, I’ll be worrying about my grandchildren doing the same thing. Nothing will have changed. And if history is any indication, it never will.

      You’re probably right about Gadhafi. He’s as likely to react with vengeance as with capitulation (as if our attacking his country with a “humanitarian” mission weren’t enough to infuriate him).

      Interesting, isn’t it, that he might have fabricated this whole story about his family members being killed.

  2. “Interesting, isn’t it, that he might have fabricated this whole story about his family members being killed.”

    Not only “interesting” but brilliant and if so, it certainly had the effect desired because it entirely took me in. Regardless… being embarrassed at being that naive isn’t nearly as bad as those kids being dead at our hands.

... and that's my two cents