Place a check by the statements with which you basically agree. If you aren't sure, place a question mark.
1. Most parents, the world over, suffer unimaginable grief when they lose a child.
2. Most people want to live free from fear.
3. Most people believe that individual lives have value because they were created.
4. Many people believe that children are special because life has not yet written on them, the good and the bad it will write on them, and they have not yet written on life, the good and the bad they will write on life.
5. Many people believe that children represent hope for a better future.
6. Most people, if they saw a child standing in the middle of a road, and a car were coming, would do everything possible to see that the child would not be injured: calling to the child, picking up the child, waving down the driver to stop. A few heroic people would give their own lives by pushing the child out of the way of danger and taking the blow themselves.
7. Very few people would willingly set out to destroy a child.
8. Children everywhere are about the same. They play, imagine, want to grow up, play hide-n'-seek, make mud pies, love sweets, want to be loved by their parents, do not like to be afraid.
9. Children everywhere have hair that is blond, brown, red, black.
10. Children everywhere have eyes that are green, brown, black, blue, hazel.
11. If a child were to ask for our help, no matter where we were, most likely, most of us would help that child.
12. People who are sociopaths, abusers, psychopaths, or who have some other mental illness, violent in nature, would, possibly, with malice, hurt a child.
13. It is important for children to be able to grow up, to live out their lives and dreams. It is every child's birthright to have a chance to live out his or her potential.
14. God loves children. In the Christian Bible, Christ says one must be as a little child to enter the kingdom of Heaven, and also, "Suffer the little children to come unto me."
15. Most people in this country think/feel that hurting children is wrong, immoral, and sometimes outright evil. When a child is abused, most people demand the most stringent punishment possible for the abuser.
Given the statements you have pondered, how do you feel about sending drones into foreign countries to drop bombs that kill innocent families, including children?
Challenging Your Values and Beliefs
16. Most people do not want to think about the government sanctioning the killing of children. We call children "the hope of future generations." How can we, at the same time, call them “collateral damage"?
17. Children killed in war are not "collateral damage," anymore than a child killed by a madman. A child killed is a child lost to the world and to himself or herself.
18. When children are deeply afraid, they cannot play, feel happy, or create. They can no longer be children, when drones overhead become their daily life. They breathe, eat, and sleep the fear of annihilation.
19. Unfortunately, I don't, in the core of myself, believe that many people in my country will ever acknowledge the double standard set for the importance and value of children, of family, of life here, as opposed to other nations, other races, other religions, as though we are the only inhabitants of this planet.
20. I wish the scope of this "collateral damage" tragedy could be rung from every church steeple, from every temple, from every rooftop, from every mountaintop, from every boat and buoy on the seas of the world.
How does human denial work so well that we cannot see that the child in the road, if wearing a car coat with a hood, could be Iraqi, American, Iranian, could be from India, could be Muslim, Christian, or Hindu?
We would help, protect - simply "a child."
"Collateral damage" is one of the greatest lies ever told to make us feel okay - to brainwash us - about killing and maiming millions of innocents - from the Vietnam War to the present.
In the Iraq War, sources vary about the number of children killed; but, out of a million or more civilians to lose their lives, at least 29% were children. Global Research claims that justForeignPolicy's estimate of 1,455,590 is a more accurate death toll for Iraq; and of these civilian deaths, 39% of air raid fatalities have been those of children.
Are we so ignorant of the power of propaganda, such as "comfortable," meaningless words, like "collateral damage," to overcome our values and moral beliefs?
How can we happily ride along in our cars on the way to dance or soccer with our children, pretending we are innocent, when we are the cause of so much loss and suffering for other children, their parents, and everyone connected to their lives?
Denial is easier, numbing - but it is killing our souls.
The next time we support war, we must inventory our own values.
The next time we support drones and strafing, I hope we feel, like the bloodiest battle wound, the unspeakable, unimaginable tragedy of dead children lying end to end for thousands of miles.
At times, gut-wrenching remorse is appropriate - and this is one of them. We cannot blame anyone but our individual selves. We are the ones who empower the government - either by apathy, or by the hot desire for war and revenge. We are the ones who do not demand that our government make war a most desperate last-ditch option. We are the ones who make this country the aggressive, hating - rather than peace-loving - country it is. The responsibility for drones lies like a dead child across our shoulders.
There is the delusion/illusion of "collateral damage." There is the undeniable reality of making war on children.
What then must we do? What then must you do?
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