Friday, November 25, 2005

Again and Again, Our Soldiers Hand Out Toys And Children Are Blown Up


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Every so often, soldiers are allowed to or ordered to, I can't tell, the Pentagon won't say, hand out toys to tots in Iraq. We are obviously at war there, we go about heavily armed and armored, attacks kill our soldiers and the civilians every day, 4 more soldiers died and many more were maimed yesterday, yet we still persist in pretending that we are Santa Claus and are there to hand out goodies, not steal all their oil wealth. I wish they would stop doing this. If they want to distribute candy and toys, give them to the Iraqi adults and let them dispense them.
From the Washington Post:
A suicide attacker steered a car packed with explosives toward U.S. soldiers giving away toys to children outside a hospital in central Iraq on Thursday, killing at least 31 people. Almost all of the victims were women and children, police said.

In all, 53 people were killed in bombings and gunfire across the country, including two American soldiers who died in a roadside bombing near Baghdad. The U.S. military also reported the deaths of four American troops on Wednesday.
The first time this happened a year ago, I was shocked and horrified. My blog talked about how soldiers in battle should never ever lure little children over and try to befriend them when the parents are so obviously opposed to this. It is like going to a busy intersection and holding up candy and toys and calling children over. You don't do it! It is wrong!

If the situation is such that our soldiers were walking around with no more than a light sidearm if even that, fraterizing with friendly children, then they could indulge in displays of charity and fun. But they are target number one in an insurrection that is very serious, very effective and very obvious. Luring children to surround our troops in this hostile situation is insanity.

The Pentagon last year should have put out a directive forbidding this. The sole reason is to protect the children from the battlefield which is all of Iraq. Of course, the urge to win the hearts and minds of tots by bribing them is very strong. We hoped they would go home and lobby mommy and daddy to stop fighting us and let us pump Iraq dry and leave them with nothing at all.

This is like the Europeans offering the natives glass beads for Manhattan. After the first incursions, the natives realized this would be a fight to the death and it was, wasn't it?
"It was an explosion at the gate of the hospital," a woman who had wounds on her face and legs told the AP. "My children are gone. My brother is gone."

With no room left at the hospital, emergency workers rushed victims to hospitals in Baghdad, about 15 miles to the north. And when the hospital morgue was full, the workers were forced to place the dead in the hospital garden so family members could find them.

Ahmed said late Thursday that an Iraqi parliament member, Jafar Muhammad, was among the dead. His death would bring to three the number of National Assembly members killed in insurgent attacks.
Just the other day, a top Sunni leader and his entire family were massacred. This is a massive civil war and it will get much worse, not better. The "elections" there were a sham, the "constitution" is as strong as tissue paper. Heck, we don't honor our own "Constititution" so why would we think they would honor theirs, especially since so many Sunni made it crystal clear, the document is bad for them!

There is no way of fixing what is wrong in Iraq because we went in, determined to take, by hook or crook, the oil. This has been our main goal from day one and since it involves destroying the country, it happened. Now our only hope is to escape the mess we made.

And, I hope, pay reparations. Like Germany, we have to learn how to control our urge to steal.

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