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Applan Donating Member (435 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:30 PM
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What the Rest of the World Watched on Inauguration Day
What the Rest of the World Watched on Inauguration Day
by Joan Chittister

Dublin, on U.S. Inauguration Day, didn't seem to notice. Oh, they played a few clips that night of the American president saying, "The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands."

But that was not their lead story.

The picture on the front page of The Irish Times was a large four-color picture of a small Iraqi girl. Her little body was a coil of steel. She sat knees up, cowering, screaming madly into the dark night. Her white clothes and spread hands and small tight face were blood-spattered. The blood was the blood of her father and mother, shot through the car window in Tal Afar by American soldiers while she sat beside her parents in the car, her four brothers and sisters in the back seat.

A series of pictures of the incident played on the inside page, as well. A 12-year-old brother, wounded in the fray, falls face down out of the car when the car door opens, the pictures show. In another, a soldier decked out in battle gear, holds a large automatic weapon on the four children, all potential enemies, all possible suicide bombers, apparently, as they cling traumatized to one another in the back seat and the child on the ground goes on screaming in her parent's blood.

No promise of "freedom" rings in the cutline on this picture. No joy of liberty underlies the terror on these faces here.

I found myself closing my eyes over and over again as I stared at the story, maybe to crush the tears forming there, maybe in the hope that the whole scene would simply disappear.

But no, like the photo of a naked little girl bathed in napalm and running down a road in Vietnam served to crystallize the situation there for the rest of the world, I knew that this picture of a screaming, angry, helpless, orphaned child could do the same......

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0128-35.htm for full article
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grumpy old fart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:35 PM
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1. One of the most heart rending pictures from this atrocity.....
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 05:36 PM by grumpy old fart
Bush should be made to see it daily....along with all the other chicken hawk bastards....THIS is the face of war.
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Applan Donating Member (435 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:41 PM
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2. For me, this is the most horrifying picture of this war....
...and will be the one I remember 'til my dying day. It speaks of all those children, orphaned and murdered by our "smart" weapons. Ughh.
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