Most of us have seen the Wikileaked footage of US military firing on unarmed civilians. The crew laughs and one says "look at those dead
Then, unarmed Iraqis in a van arrive, attempting to tend to the wounded, presumably to transport them to medical care. They are fired upon and one is
killed by soldiers in a helicopter. Two children are seriously wounded.
One American indicates that it's the Iraqis fault for "bringing kids into a battle." The other replies, "that's right."
The man killed was the father of the two children. The boy was, in particular, severely wounded, but has survived.
Their mother has, not surprisingly, indicated no financial recompensation for the loss of her husband and the children's father.
Perhaps it's irrelevant, but this child, if he is to survive, considering his locale, will undoubtedly see this footage someday. And he will grow
up, like boys all over the world often do, without a father.
Philosophically, would you condemn this boy were he to emerge, in fifteen years or so, as a terrorist?
Is it this child's responsibility to now rise above his circumstances and understand that no one meant him or his father harm, personally? And to
manage any anger he may have in a constructive way?
Would it matter whether he was apprehended in a terrorist training camp versus if he was solidly identified as a hands-on perpetrator of a 9/11-type
of event with mass casualties?
How would an average American (or Brit, Aussie, Moroccan, whatever) be expected to react in a similar situation to this boy's? Or is this already
the case - we (in this case, Americans) were the boy when 9/11 happened?
If I were that little boy in that situation, then I would probably find it hard not to be filled with anger. I don't think intentions matter; whether
or not they personally meant him harm, his father is still dead.
What about you? You forgot to give your viewpoint...
On CNN Backstory today was a story about US special forces that gate crashed a party for a newborn child and shot it up killing amongst others 2
pregnant women not, only do these ridiculous actions engender hatred for generations but I see serious blowback in the US,the gang banger psychos in
the helicopter and this mission in Afghanistan are heading back to American communities with a 'natural born killers' mindset,bad juju all round.
That's a good point. The boy in the video is one problem; the slightly olders boys shooting at him are another and different kind of problem ...
perhaps with the potential for equally devastating results.
Originally posted by staple
He could also grow up and use the experience to promote peace. Some people have better "stuff" inside than others. Revenge is a powerful desire
He could grow up and promote peace. But is it likely? And could he be blamed if he didn't?
Some peole have better "stuff" inside of them, yes, but does it seem, in any possible way, rational that this boy (and countless others in similar
situations to his) already has this on his plate and to avoid the violent ends of war, being a "suicide bomber," engaging in terrorist activity,
killing others, he must rise above it all? That doesn't seem like an appropriate expectation for a child like this, does it?
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