Tue Dec 18, 2012, 07:12 PM
ashling (24,468 posts)
What If Children Mattered No Matter Where They Livedľand Died?
An Afghan boy prays earlier this year over the grave of one of the victims of a shooting massacre carried out by U.S. soldier Robert Bales. (By Allauddin Kan, AP)
When I heard the news about Newtown, I thought of previous mass shootings in this country. That is perhaps a natural reaction.
But then I also thought about the case of Sgt. Robert Bales. He is accused of massacring 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year, nine of them children. It is not the only atrocity of the Afghan War, but the accounts of the attack are particularly horrifying. Bales allegedly left his base and entered the villages of Balandi and Alkozai, near Kandahar. He proceeded to kill the victims as they slept, and then burned some of their bodies.
It is not that U.S. media failed to cover the atrocity. But the tone of the coverage placed considerable weight on the damage these deaths would do to the war effort (FAIR Media Advisory, 3/12/12). Questions were posed like, "Could this reignite a new anti-American backlash in the unstable region?" One headline stated, "Killings Threaten Afghan Mission." USA Today actually had on its front page, "Patriot Now Stands Accused in Massacre."
Seeing the atrocity this way prioritizes issues like national securityľand obscures the fact that children were killed in their sleep, and that the person alleged to have killed them was a member of our military. This particular incident is, in some ways, just a more horrifying version of many other U.S. attacks that killed children in Afghanistan, or the drone attacks that have killed hundreds in Pakistan.
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What If Children Mattered No Matter Where They Livedľand Died? (Original post)
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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 08:12 PM
marasinghe (1,253 posts)
3. well, then - a majority of Americans wouldn't make up the biggest gang of hypocrites on the planet;
and Henry Kissinger, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, and a bunch of other mass-murdering assholes would be rotting in jail for life; right where they belong.