The poignant memories of childhood are somewhat universal, the same, whether having been a child in America, or in Afghanistan. Only for the next Afghani children destined to be sacrificed by a U.S. desperately holding on to control in oil rich Central Asia, the childhood will have been cut short, not followed by the adventures of adolescence, a slow proud coming of age and being finally grown into an attractive young woman or handsome young man, - the apple of a mother's eye, a desirable marriage partner for someone, the pride of the family and hope of the community.
The child in Afghanistan will have the same two eyes and ears, sensations and feelings that it would have in the United States, the same frightened reaction to terrifically loud noise, bombing, pain, bleeding and dying.
Childhood delights will have been the similar for each of the 34,000 additional troops and the same for each sweet, lovely and beloved little girl or boy that some of these thirty-four thousand additional troops are going to kill with the additional guns and bombs they will be bringing to Afghanistan.
During all these months and weeks of deciding the fate of Afghanis and their children, Obama has not been known to have asked a sampling of ordinary Afghan people how many more additional American troops they might like him to send to their country.
For eight long years Bush and now Obama have been asking their generals how many more troops they wanted, and telling the world that America needs to stay in Afghanistan to fight al Qaeda (they stopped saying they were there to look for Osama bin Laden). Obama still cites 9/11, never admitting that the Saudis in those planes had no Afghanis with them.
An Afghanistan war experienced CIA official went public the other day claiming what every mother's child already knew, namely, that the Afghanis are fighting against the occupation of their country and not for al Qaeda. Fighting invaders is a traditional obligation in Afghanistan culture.
For the busy American public, there is a total lack of compassion or even interest for any Afghan child that perishes in harm's way of the wonderful American Army, but no lack of interest in how much these killings are going to cost the American taxpayer. Actually the killing of children is not figured into to the cost of killing their fathers as insurgents or suspected insurgents fighting against the occupation of their children's homeland.
It has been reported that Obama intends not to announce the sending of the 34,000 until after Thanksgiving because its nothing to be thankful for.
Yes, nothing to be thankful for - not for America, not for Afghani children and their families, not for anybody, unless it be al Qaeda watching as the U.S. further alienates world opinion and justifies al Qaeda's call for more recruits from among older Muslim children wishing to prove themselves as brave sons of their bitterly aggrieved and enraged fathers.