I did a walk through the 60 to 70 links now connected to the Israel/Palestinian Yahoo group and happened upon several that were deeply depressing in their reports. For example “If Americans Knew” details the deaths on both sides — far too many — particularly children: http://www.ifamericansknew.org/

I wonder whether the adults planning strikes against THEM take into account such deaths of innocents just beginning their lives — or the grim impacts on those not directly killed or wounded. We hear of post traumatic stress hitting about 20% of our young soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. I wonder how much greater a percentage of children must be similarly struck by the grim sights and threatening noises in the night?

We have apparently lost more than 100 U.S. troops this month so far with our war totals running well past the 3,000 level. But we do not have any firm figures about Iraqi deaths and woundings? Pay your money and take your choice of estimates:

http://www.iraqbodycount.net/


http://www.icasualties.org/oif/IraqiDeaths.aspx


http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1028-08.htm

Whatever the actual figures are — and the numbers seem massive on a daily basis currently — there must be a large percentage of children who have either been killed or who have witnessed killings or who have lost near relatives and friends killed.

I can’t imagine what the current generation of Israeli/Palestinian/Iraqi children will be feeling throughout their lifetimes. Some may be seriously debilitated — anxiety ridden and depressed. Others will remain enraged at those who have hurt them.

Do the adults such as our ‘Decision Maker’ even begin to take seriously the vast harms that we are inflicting? I don’t see such awareness reflected in our happy hours television coverage of this and that — American Dream — Ho! Ho! Ho!?

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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