To Blame For Killing Iraqi Children Under The Age Of Five?
ZERO PLUS 1168 DAYS,--New York, NY, Wednesday,
November 23, 2004--Nothing
is more horrible than watching a child starve to death. That's
happening in Iraq daily due to malnutrition, according to an
article in the Washington
Iraq estimates to have
4.2 million children five or under as part of its total of 26
million citizens, nearly half of whom(44%) are under the age
baby suffering from malnutrition
by the Iraqi Health Ministry promote an acute malnutrition rate
among children under five years at 7.7 percent, a leap from
4 percent recorded in 2002. This translates to some 400,000
children suffering from acute diarrhea and protein deficiency,
common characteristics of malnutrition.
Critics of American
policy in Iraq like to point fingers at the U.S. as the cause
of the children's plight, and, in many cases, certain risk of
However, the major factor
often overlooked is the presence of the Beast of Terror who
is constantly swiping his claws across the face of the Iraqis
and leaving the nation in a state of economic paralysis as insurgents
continue to wage war against allied troops seeking to stabilize
the war-torn nation.
While the U.S. has been
accused of fomenting malnutrition because of sanctions levied
against Iraq in the 90's when the affliction peaked at 11 percent
of children under five, the oil-for-food program helped drop
that startling rate down to 4 percent in 2002. The recent revelations
that Saddam Hussein skimmed millions from the top of the oil-for-food
program hasn't been factored into how much he had to do with
the malnutrition epidemic, or, that his tyranny and oppression
as a leader threatening the world pressured the U.S. to install
There can be little
question the war crushed Iraq's infrastructure and severely
limited its resources to provide medical and other services
and staples that might insure the health and safety of the nation.
War, by its nature, creates poverty.
But the current epidemic
isn't singular to any one source or fact.
What can be assured
is that Terrorism has a major hand in the elimination of care
and aid to the children in Iraq.
drove the U.N. out of Baghdad by bombing it
Last year Terrorists
bombed the U.N. Headquarters in Baghdad, driving it out of the
embattled land. Administering U.N. programs from afar dilutes
the results, and the absence of the U.N.'s direct presence in
Iraq because of the Terrorist car bombing is certainly a factor
in the decline of health services to children.
But the Terrorists didn't
stop by simply driving out U.N. help. Doctors Without Borders,
one of the most prominent groups working in high-risk battle
zones, flooded into Iraq following the war. But, based on constant
attacks by Terrorists, the organization withdrew in the fall.
Without Borders had to withdraw from Iraq
another group dedicated to helping the children, closed its
doors in Iraq in October. The Atlanta-based charity worked primarily
in hospitals and provided clean drinking water to thousands
of Iraqis. Terrorists kidnapped its director, Margaret Hassen.
In a videotape released last week, pictures of a woman Terrorists
claim to be Ms. Hassen were broadcast where she was shot in
the head, executed to the horror of all those who knew her and
CARE as a non-political, aid organization seeking to help anyone
It may be easy for those
looking for reasons to brand America and its allies as the Beast
of Child Nutrition Terror. That might sate those with one eye.
But for those seeking
to see the whole and not the part, Terrorists have targeted
the aid organizations with a vengeance, as though by driving
out the sources that provide assistance to the weak and helpless
they might pull the wool over the world's eye and cast the blame
for the dying children solely on the stars and stripes.
Nothing seem more vicious
that using children as the targets of starvation to justify
victory of some perverted nature, but Terrorism has no compunction
about who it kills or maims in its eagerness to inflict Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency on its victims.
starving children seem to empower Terrorists to believe
the world will blame America
The thousands of starving
Iraqi children are the cousins, nephews, nieces, perhaps even
the Terrorists' own children in some cases--and yet the idea
of blowing up the U.N. Headquarters or sticking a gun against
Ms. Hassen's head and exploding her brains on a dirty floor
in front of a video execution camera seems to enthrall the Terrorists.
It erroneously empowers them into believing that the world community
will blame America and its allies, and that the dead, starving
bodies of the tens of thousands of Iraqi children will be heaped
at the feet of the Statue of Liberty or Big Ben or any other
nation that provides support in the Iraqi War Against Terrorism.
The Beast of Terror
doesn't blink when it eats its own children.
That's the problem with
It is void of any moral
borders, any civility, any humanitarianism.
The end justifies the
Arguments are hurled
at America from the same camp, but there is one small but critical
exception to the veracity of such allegations. Americans don't
believe that by starving and killing children, the end result
of "domination" by "tyranny and oppression"
can be achieved.
The opposite is true.
Cross believes the execution by Terrorists of Margaret
Hassan, the head of Care in Iraq is as violent as...
Americans go on trial
daily for their crimes against humanity. Recently the Red Cross
compared the execution of Ms. Hassen by Terrorists to the killing
of an Iraqi Terrorist by an American Marine. The Red Cross used
the two examples to call for more "humane" constraint
of violence and to remind the two forces to follow the Geneva
Convention in regards to the treatment of prisoners.
What was paradoxical
about the comparison was that the U.S. Marine, caught on video
tape shooting a wounded Iraqi in a hostile war zone, was responding
to a series of reactive combat situations where wounded Terrorists
pretended to be unarmed and then fired upon Americans when they
approached to render aid, or, mined themselves with explosives
killing themselves and the Americans trying to be "humane."
killing a wounded Iraqi in a battle zone who was responding
to a combat situation call
In the case of Ms. Hassen,
the Terrorists kidnapped an unarmed civilian performing a humanitarian
function, held her prisoner, and executed her on television
for the world to see.
Nevertheless, the impression
cast about the world by the Red Cross was that the two situations--the
U.S. Marine shooting a "wounded combatant" and the
execution of an unarmed "humanitarian" were somehow
equal acts of atrocity.
Similar views can be
taken in respect to the starvation of Iraqi children. Those
wishing to castigate and disparage American intent to provide
freedom and liberty to Iraqis can vomit accusations that it
is America's fault that the children in Iraq are starving and
dying, and were it not for the "imperialism" of America,
the children would have fat bellies, big smiles, and wonderful
Political agonized critics
such as the Red Cross fail to negotiate the vast difference
between the willingness of Americans to die for others' freedom
and liberty and the Terrorists intentional attacks on humanitarian
support groups that deny children the access to life-saving
the finger at America as evil feeds the goal of Terrorism
To point a finger at
America as being responsible for the deaths and suffering of
tens of thousands of starving Iraqi children feeds the goal
of Terrorism. Nothing would serve the Terrorists better than
to have world and public support pressure the U.S. to withdraw
so that the various power factions of self-serving tyrants could
take control over the land.
Terrorists with guns
and bombs will not likely set them down when the smoke clears
and ask for free and impartial elections. All Terrorists want
the spoils of victory, and in Iraq, that is power over the people
as Saddam had for nearly a quarter century.
A Terrorist would not
want to risk being "voted" out of control, not as
long as he knew that his guns, grenades, bombs, torture chambers,
beheading swords and other tools of oppression and tyranny could
keep a population on bended knees, fearful that their necks
might be sliced if they oppose the rule of the land.
It cannot be forgotten
that the Terrorists' predecessor gassed and killed tens of thousands
women and children to assure his reign of power. If Saddam Hussein
is a model for the current Terrorists, then starving a few thousand
children and pushing the blame onto America is equal to swatting
flies for Terrorists.
So, who is to blame
for the starving children in Iraq?
To me, the perp is the
Beast of Terror--the one who wants to dominate the land by tyranny
and oppression, the one who beheads innocent civilians and shoots
unarmed women humanitarians and then leaps in glee when the
International Red Cross puts an American Marine in the same
spotlight as a cold-blooded executioner.
yourself: Has America a history of starving and killing
But each person must
search his or her own Sentinel of Vigilance vault to come up
with the answer. That may mean forcing one to think "outside
the prejudice box" and ask this question: "Has America
had a history of starving and killing children to achieve its
power as a nation?"
If one comes up a "yes"
to that answer, he or she should go out and buy one of those
ski masks the Terrorists use when they execute the innocent
and wear it down the streets.
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