Killing Children



By Stewart Rhodes

"U.S.-led raid kills civilians north of Balad" - CNN, 3/15/06

This is outrageous!  Just because they suspect there might be al Qaeda in the house, and just because they get some fire, they flatten the whole place, killing women and children?  Whatever happened to attempts at avoiding civilian deaths?  It seems the U.S. military doesn’t even try.

That is like a SWAT team being too worried about being hurt to go into a house where there is a violent suspect and his family, and just flattening the house, killing the man’s wife, her sisters and five kids, rather than risk going in.  How is that just?

There is no more sure-fire way to make all Iraqis and all Arabs hate Americans than to kill entire families like this.

The U.S. is acting as if it was culling a herd of animals because some are suspected of being diseased, but rather than determine which are, they just shoot all of them from the air, not caring whether they hit young or old, sick or well, because that is more efficient and safe.

If they will do that to others, they will do it to us eventually.  Just ask the Branch Davidians in Waco how that works.

Stewart Rhodes

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E. Stewart Rhodes, ex-paratrooper, disabled vet, ex-firearms instructor, former Ron Paul staff member, Yale Law grad/Research Scholar, & Montana/Nevada lawyer. Stewart has written for Gerry Spence’s The Warrior, for, writes the Enemy at the Gate column for S.W.A.T. Magazine, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people in the "war on terror." Stewart is NOT a liberal, unless you want to consider him a classical liberal.


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