‘This’ is the ‘Real’ Picture of Our War: Isn’t it Time?

Seeking Unison in Justified Outrage

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Please take a moment and look at these pictures. Really look at them. Not just a cursory glance or a rushed and distracted glance.

Isn’t it heartbreaking looking at them? Isn’t it revolting and outrageous? 

Next, please read, process, and think about the following few lines. I mean, really take them in and truly process their meaning and implications.

The severely injured and crippled children in these pictures are innocent victims of ‘our’ bombings in Afghanistan.

We, you and I, paid for every miniscule molecule of the bombs that brought this horror upon these innocent children. We financed the entire assault with our tax money, so are rightfully considered the financiers of what fell upon these innocent children.

Our representatives, the ones we elected and gave power to, decided upon and sanctioned these atrocities on our behalf, and in our name. We, you and I, likewise sanctioned them, and consented to become the financiers of their implementation.

We, you and I, are directly responsible for what you see in these pictures, and much worse and more, and implicating many more.

We, you and I, did ‘this’, and we are still doing it.

Now please tell me, should it matter whether you are pro-choice or pro-life when it comes to ‘this’ and your reaction to ‘this’?

Because if you are prochoice I doubt you’d make ‘this’ a choice of yours; as a decent human being. Or, if you are prolife I seriously doubt you’d sanction and finance ‘this,’ – do ‘this’ to other fellow human beings. After all, isn’t ‘a life a life…’?

Please tell me, should it matter whether you are a conservative or a liberal when it comes to ‘this’ and your reaction to ‘this’?

Because if you are a true conservative I believe you would be pro-defense not pro-offense, and offenses such as ‘this’ would offend you a great deal. And if you consider yourself a liberal, then I assume you hold high a human’s right to live and exist with dignity, no matter who or where they are.

Please tell me, should it matter whether you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, or Buddhist when it comes to ‘this’ and your reaction to ‘this’?

Because if you truly have faith in the teachings of either Jesus, Moses, Mohammad, or Buddha, you go by their universal teaching and common proclamation that ‘Thou Shall Not Kill,’ not ‘thou shall sanction and condone violence like ‘this’ on ‘innocent lives’ in the name of false security and under the excuse of terror.’

Should it matter whether the children above are Afghans, Mexicans, or Americans? Are these lives worth less than others; less than ours? Wouldn’t have we been livid, fuming with rage and determination to seek justice, even if only one of these innocent children was on our soil attacked by foreign mighty powers, intentionally or not?

So please tell me, why do we stand divided when it comes to ‘this’?

Why is it that we go on sanctioning and financing ‘this,’ these outrageous and revolting offenses that are being brought upon real lives; innocent human lives?

Why can’t we unite on ‘this,’ a truly significant issue that deals with life and death?

Why don’t we put aside other differences, and jointly take a stand, as pro-choice, pro-life, conservative, liberal, Christian, Jew, Muslim, and Buddhist, who should all consider ‘this’ a significant violation of what we believe in?

Isn’t it time? Looking at these pictures, I say it is way past time. Don’t you?

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  1. So much for the upcoming rally by ‘One Nation Working Together.’ I was looking for nonpartisan and honest intentions, but it ain’t. Their real goal: the November elections for D’s (no matter how spineless the record)and another 4 years of Obama. Shame; truly shame…

  2. These pictures illustrate institutional evil. By my Christian faith and worldview, “suffering for righteousness’ sake” is not necessarily to be shunned, it is a privilege of a sort, compared to the much more common unwanted and unbidden suffering in world – as illustrated by the pictures.

    Additionally, “suffering for righteousness’ sake” is just part of moral fabric of universe, a necessary part of stanching institutional evil. For privileged people like us, opportunies for such “suffering” are frequently appear related to one’s job, career, profession, vocation and entail risk to one’s professional standing and economic well-being.

    Sibel, I am trying to move my profession of engineering to a better place in Darfur (and elsewhere), I spearheaded the online engineer’s petition for Darfur http://www.engineersforDarfur.org and am trying to recruit an “A-list” celebrity to appear in a YouTube promoting it. We’ll see.

    A well-known book “3 cups of tea” I think, discussed building schools in Afganistan as more effective than dropping bombs. But Afganistan is the most corrupt place on earth, too many people in Afganistan and elsewhere profit from the corruption and the war which helps enable it.

  3. jpcarson: Best of luck to you, and please keep me posted on the progress (Darfur). You have my aol e-mail, right?

  4. Sibel,

    As disturbing as those images are and as compelling as your words are anyone who has been alive in the past 50 years must know how this sort of suffering is inflicted on innocent people/children with our money in in our name. Millions of us have been protesting war for decades and many of us refused to participate in the military.

    Yet the rest of “us” seem to be able to avoid these horrors and either not face them or find some bizarre justification to blame the victim.

    This madness has to end. We must resist. We must be more active in our resistance to this madness.

    This is what Steve Jobs should be selling – the lies of America not technology to distract is from the suffering done in our name with our tax dollars.

    We should be about ending suffering not causing it. Thank you for reminding us (me) and making this another restless night.

  5. “We, you and I, paid for every miniscule molecule of the bombs that brought this horror upon these innocent children. We financed the entire assault with our tax money, so are rightfully considered the financiers of what fell upon these innocent children.”

    Well, not really. The US Government is operating a $10+ trillion budget deficit this year, and has been running similar multi-trillion deficits since 9/11. So American’s really aren’t paying the full tab. Actually, China is paying it. And the Chinese don’t want us to leave Afghanistan immediately because that would stir a cyclone of regional chaos spilling over into Xinjiang.

  6. @KF: Technically you are right, but who ends up really paying for the debt? Also, how about ‘opportunity cost’? These trillions could be spent on education/science, infrastructure, jobs, healthcare…Also, as you know, I’m really interested in Xinjiang (aka East Turkistan;-).

    Sander O: Right; just refer to the link I posted on Cambodia, and the one on Vietnam…The list goes on and on. Unfortunately no unity for this ‘we.’ For example, as I started looking into the upcoming rally in DC, assuming ‘anti FBI raids & anti war’ I found out the ‘real’ agenda: working for ‘D’ and increasing the chances for another 4 years of Obama. Still partisan. Still driven by the establishment. Still divided. Sigh.

  7. “Sibel, I am trying to move my profession of engineering to a better place in Darfur (and elsewhere), I spearheaded the online engineer’s petition for Darfur http://www.engineersforDarfur.org and am trying to recruit an “A-list” celebrity to appear in a YouTube promoting it. We’ll see.

    A well-known book “3 cups of tea” I think, discussed building schools in Afganistan as more effective than dropping bombs. But Afganistan is the most corrupt place on earth, too many people in Afganistan and elsewhere profit from the corruption and the war which helps enable it.”

    @jpcarson,

    How do you “take action to stop the Darfur genocide” and “restore peace to the region” without subsequent civilian casualties – including children? Further, why is intervening a tribal spat in Africa more just than intervening in tribal spats in Afghanistan?

  8. “@KF: Technically you are right, but who ends up really paying for the debt?……Also, as you know, I’m really interested in Xinjiang (aka East Turkistan;-).”
    Since the Chinese have been the primary purchaser of our debt, I think these two issues are going to become entangled.

  9. Oh, and before I forget: Remember the infamous Israeli “Art Students? They’re back(maybe)! – http://www.abc4.com/content/news/slc/story/Door-to-door-spies-in-Utah-County/sjOWsjk_zEqf6QeAfk4ZJw.cspx

  10. Thus it is.
    Our poor children.
    “enduring freedom”. Operation ‘infinite justice’.
    doomed words. cursed words from the mouths of freaks. phrases lofted from mountain tops trodden into puddles of blood in market squares on the other side of reality. Where the ‘news’ don’t go, no mo.
    Called the ‘military option’, in polite circles. Between wet sheep-dip and the darkness of everlasting.
    i watch kristol, a vampire, discuss Iran. The ‘military option’ barely makes the cut paste of yellow lip flick under arc fox lights. It excites him. He likes talking about the ‘Military Option’.
    But will it be kristols children lying on the slab after their holy wars are over? his nephews, his grandchildren? Cheney? Bush?? I don’t think so.

    In the wake of Ahmadinejads call for a UN investigation into 911 [lucky larry reaches for the phone..] the insidious reply for war grows, so that, in the swamp of what ever passed for consciousness in the motherland, the light ain’t so good no more. “military option” slides from tongues like a dagger.
    how many more children to be sacrificed on the alters of not so tender Americana?

  11. Sibel,

    Whenever a crowd gathers to press for anything there will be the opportunists who move in and often get into the spot light to get attention for their own issue. I have been frustrated to see how the huge antiwar rallies are a platform for example the Palestinian struggle or free Mumia, immigration issues and so forth. It’s not that these are not important issues, but what I want the focus of an anti war rally about Iraq is Iraq and US militarism.

    These rallies are organized by coalitions and one can’t even expect to be with all members of the coalition. But unless there is something which is truly offensive, it is important that we support antiwar rallies because that is what the “top billing” is anyway.

    We humans have a sadism problem. We like to kill and destroy and dominate. We have institutions which provide places for people who want to practice their sadism – police, prison guards, armed forces and intelligence operatives and so forth.

    This doesn’t mean all cops are sadists, or or soldiers. But it does mean that these professions provide cover for sadism.

    Sadists don’t care who their victims are and guilt or innocence of them is not even a consideration. They must make others suffer and this is satisfying to the sadist.

    America has been a violent nation from the beginning in the slaughter of native Americans and millions of buffaloes and we dropped 2 nukes on 2 cities in a act of incredible sadism. We invented and use white phosphorous and depleted uranium and still stockpile biologic weapons which do not discriminate between soldiers and innocents.

    Houston… we’ve got a problem.

  12. I agree absolutely. Let’s not quibble over who’s paying for this, either. The kids, their parents, and all of us who sit back and do nothing in the face of this and other atrocities of war. We pay with our moral self-respect.

  13. @jigong: ‘We pay with our moral self-respect.’ Well-said. This is why so many consider ignorance a bliss; the’don’t make us feel uncomfortable’ attitude.

  14. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V12nettC1A

    Don’t forget the Depleted Uranium dumped all over Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the ultimate indiscriminate weapon of mass destruction as it kills or gives massive birth defects to unborn children. At the very least we could get this banned if not end the war completely.

  15. @Ry: I watched that clip last week. Many thanks, Ry.

  16. From your post . . .

    “Should it matter whether the children above are Afghans, Mexicans, or Americans? Are these lives worth less than others; less than ours? Wouldn’t have we been livid, fuming with rage and determination to seek justice, even if only one of these innocent children was on our soil attacked by foreign mighty powers, intentionally or not?”

    Yes – the media would have been all over this and the PTB would have turned it into yet another reason to attack others in order to “protect” our way of life. Absurd that we continue to buy into this nonsense. And people (sheeple maybe) continue to throw that back in your face when you talk about this: “Oh, they attacked us in NYC and killed all those innocent people. They keep attacking poor Israel!” And yet we continue to call ourselves “the land of the free and the home of the brave? How brave is our response to being attacked – if we were. If you have most of the wealth of the world and you rub everyone else’s nose in it, you have to expect some harm may be coming back to you. If you attack others it would seem natural to expect a response. Yet there is this weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth over our suffering. Our suffering? Hah! I do suffer – at reading about, and seeing, what they do in our name. As one human being to another, my heart goes out to all of them – and it hurts – just as yours does Sibel. Thank you for your voice.

    “So please tell me, why do we stand divided when it comes to ‘this’?”

    We are a weak and ignorant people – ignoring the truth on many levels – until we are aroused from our slumber. But I have seen in some of the people most ready to ignore the truth of what is going on, an awakening. So – I know there is a long way to go – but people I know are beginning to ask “what is wrong with us?”

    “Why is it that we go on sanctioning and financing ‘this,’ these outrageous and revolting offenses that are being brought upon real lives; innocent human lives?”

    “Why can’t we unite on ‘this,’ a truly significant issue that deals with life and death?”

    I don’t believe that “we the people” currently control our government. We are indeed into a police state ruled by the corpratocracy. I don’t think it is hopeless – yet – but that is just a feeling. I cannot point to anything in particular yet except this. There are people becoming very interested in self-sufficiency, using local resources, eating foods grown in their own area, supporting small local businesses. This is sweeping across many areas now. Do you see the connection? People who think for themselves, who group together locally but are aware on a global scale, who support each other humanely – will start looking at things differently – and therein lies some hope. I talk to many people lately who are tired of trying to change government. They are seeing that real change can only come from the bottom up – one person at a time. (That is a major awakening).This will not happen over night – but there is movement. Check out the Dacha Movement in Russia – small family plots of land (2-5 acres) are growing over 52% of all produce on 3% of the land – organically. Now, people who do this (and there are millions there and starting in other places) do not think like sheeple. The are independent thinkers – just what we need.

    “Why don’t we put aside other differences, and jointly take a stand, as pro-choice, pro-life, conservative, liberal, Christian, Jew, Muslim, and Buddhist, who should all consider ‘this’ a significant violation of what we believe in?”

    Yes – it is time. We are missing the important issues of our time while watching story telling on Fox News.

    “Isn’t it time? Looking at these pictures, I say it is way past time. Don’t you?”

    It is way past time. I am finding ways to connect with like spirited people in this small community in the mountains. As I said above, the economy is making people look with new eyes and pulling them together. People helping people is a theme that is showing up – and it becomes stronger, not weaker, as harder times grow. So now you have a link through me – to this. I will keep you informed of any progress I see (we need some good news from time to time, eh?). I know those pictures hit you close to home especially because you are a mother, as well as a concerned human being. As a father and grandfather, they twist my heart as well my friend.

    Be well Sibel – Dennis

  17. Way way past time. Last night on British Channel 4 Unreported World, we learnt of the huge rise in Afghan children’s addiction to opium and heroin since the invasion. It is even happening with babies and toddlers.

    Enough to break your heart.
    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/unreported-world/episode-guide/series-2010/episode-12

  18. avatar summanitu says:

    I admit these pictures are heart breaking. We did sanction this in every way. It is our fault. In war there will always be civillian casualties. Perhaps, however, ask yourself about the greater good. I don’t care what thoughts you have on that question. I ask only this: how many INNOCENTS died on 9/11 by commiting only the crime of going to work that day. These pictures are nothing less than horrible, but so were the ones of 9/11. I agree the policies on both wars makes it virtually impossible to actually change either country for the better, but that doesn’t mean there is absolutely no point to them. Remember why pictures like these show up, or have we, as a country, forgotten? I disagree with the policies, but even with such horrible policies in place there is still some good that has been done. I am all for changing the policies, but leaving either country to fend for itself will make the past 10 years all for nothing. Neither country is ready to lead itself in anything close to a positive direction. These pictures are horrible, and while we caused it, these pictures are not the first to come up even before we were there. So, if these pictures break your heart or leave you feeling guilty, then I ask would you abandon the kids in these pictures to live in a country where such atrosities have been happening for over a thousand years???

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