Children are in danger; they are an endangered species. If you doubt this, read the article in the Washington Post on Sunday:
Children Pay Cost of Iraq's Chaos
Malnutrition Nearly Double What It Was Before Invasion
By Karl Vick
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, November 21, 2004; Page A01
Here is a letter to our local newspaper I am sending out tomorrow:
The presidential election has come and gone. George Bush has won. Instead of a meritocracy we have a mediocrity. Having won, however, does not absolve him from responsibility for his decisions of the past four years. While many have resulted in harm to children (American children will have to repay a massive deficit), it is the decision to invade Iraq and the aftermath that has been the most detrimental to their cause.
The US military has recently conducted a major offensive against Fallujah. During this attack, many civilians, including children, have lost their lives. This fact, the death of children in Iraq, seems to go almost completely unnoticed by the citizens of the United States. While we rightly mourn the soldiers who die there, we seem to care not a bit about the innocent civilians of Iraq. The Pentagon had a virtual blackout on the assault on Fallujah, but some information did filter through. Scenes of scattered bodies, prevention of medical care to injured civilians, destruction of homes and businesses. This is not the actions of the America that I once knew.
Those of us who decry this slaughter should demand an immediate end to this unjust war on children. It is sapping our resources and destroying our credibility in the World. In spite of the arrogance of the current administration, we should care what the World thinks. It’s the only World we have.
Onward and Upward with the Star Fleet.....