November 12, 2004

Important Things

Moral Virtues posts a quote that should loom large in our determination to put forth a credible alternate agenda over the next few years:

More than half of Iraq's 24 million people are children under the age of 15. That's 12 million kids. Kids like me. Well, I'm almost 13, so some are a little older, and some a lot younger, some boys instead of girls, some with brown hair, not red. But kids who are pretty much like me just the same. So take a look at me -- a good long look. Because I am what you should see in your head when you think about bombing Iraq. I am what you are going to destroy.

~~Charlotte Aldebron, 13, from Presque Isle, ME (a speech)

Because we live in the US, even if we haven't been able to turn things around just yet, we have the most power of anyone to push this country towards a sane foreign policy. It's funny to talk about moving, but here is where we have the greatest power to do the most good.

Stand and fight.

Posted by natasha at November 12, 2004 12:15 AM | Iraq | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |


I will tell you when to MoW.

Her name was not Charlotte Aldebron.

His name was Ghazi.

A row of palm trees used to run along the street outside my house - now only the trunks are left.

The upper half of each tree has vanished, blown away by mortar fire.

From my window, I can also make out that the minarets of several mosques have been toppled.

There are more and more dead bodies on the streets and the stench is unbearable.

Smoke is everywhere.

Sleeping through bombardment

A house some doors from mine was hit during the bombardment on Wednesday night. A 13-year-old boy was killed. His name was Ghazi.

I tried to flee the city last night but I could not get very far. It was too dangerous.

I am getting used to the bombardment. I have learnt to sleep through the noise - the smaller bombs no longer bother me.
[Via the BBC]

peace. always march in peace.

Posted by: wah at November 13, 2004 11:50 PM

Hopefully, now Iraq has been bombed, the 99.9999% of these children who survived will grow up in a society where people survive long enough that not half of the population is below 15.
Hopefully, these children will be able to stand up infront of their school and give a speech on political views.

Posted by: reofbl at November 16, 2004 11:11 AM