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"Every War Is a War Against Children"

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We, in the United States, have yet to realize both the futility and immense consequences of war even as we develop, store, sell, and use hideous weapons. The number of children killed is rising.

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At 9:30 in the morning of March 26, the start of the fifth year of the Saudi-led coalition war against Yemen, the entrance to a rural hospital in the northwest part of the country was teeming as patients waited to be seen and employees arrived at work. Suddenly, missiles from an airstrike hit the hospital, killing seven people, four of them children.

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Jason Lee of Save the Children, told The New York Times that the Saudi-led coalition, now in its fifth year of waging war in Yemen, knew the coordinates of the hospital and should have been able to avoid the strike. He called what happened "a gross violation of humanitarian law."

The day before, Save the Children reported that air raids carried out by the Saudi-led coalition have killed at least 226 Yemeni children and injured 217 more in just the last 12 months. "Of these children," the report noted, "210 were inside or close to a house when their lives were torn apart by bombs that had been sold to the coalition by foreign governments."

Last year, an analysis issued by Save the Children estimated that 85,000 children under age five have likely died from starvation or disease since the Saudi-led coalition's 2015 escalation of the war in Yemen.

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"Children who die in this way suffer immensely as their vital organ functions slow down and eventually stop," said Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children's Country Director in Yemen. "Their immune systems are so weak they are more prone to infections, with some too frail to even cry. Parents are having to witness their children wasting away, unable to do anything about it." Kirolos and others who have continuously reported on the war in Yemen believe these deaths are entirely preventable. They are demanding an immediate suspension of arms sales to all warring parties, an end to blockades preventing distribution of food, fuel and humanitarian aid and the application of full diplomatic pressure to end the war.

The United States, a major supporter of the Saudi-led coalition, has itself been guilty of killing innocent patients and hospital workers by bombing a hospital. On October 3, 2015, U.S. airstrikes destroyed a Me'decins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 42 people. "Patients burned in their beds," MSF reported, "medical staff were decapitated and lost limbs, and others were shot from the air while they fled the burning building."

More recently, on March 23, 2019, eight children were among 14 Afghan civilians killed by a U.S. airstrike also near Kunduz.

Atrocities of war accumulate, horrifically. We in the United States have yet to realize both the futility and immense consequences of war. We continue to develop, store, sell, and use hideous weapons. We rob ourselves and others of resources needed to meet human needs, including grappling with the terrifying realities of climate change.

We should heed the words and actions of Eglantyne Jebb, who founded Save the Children a century ago. Responding to the British post-war blockade of Germany and Eastern Europe, Jebb participated in a group attempting to deliver food and medical supplies to children who were starving.

In London's Trafalgar Square, she distributed a leaflet showing the emaciated children and declaring: "Our blockade has caused this -- millions of children are starving to death." She was arrested, tried, convicted, and fined. But the judge in the case was moved by her commitment to children and paid her fine. His generosity was Save the Children's first donation.

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"Every war," said Jebb, "is a war against children."

 

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Cry for the children, the mothers & fathers, the sisters & brothers. Cry for the Yemenis, the Syrians, the Palestinians, the Iraqis, the Somalians, the Sudanese. Death, pain; the maiming and mourning of human beings in every nation of the world.

Oh yes...the human beings living here in the grand US of A, too. Land of the Free. Not every war on the planet is being waged with missiles and depleted uranium, as criminally horrific as those are.

Take a minute to look at today's post by Shad Williams re: the water and the ATTITUDE of our corporate nation toward W. Virginians. Reminds me of Flint, Michigan. Ya' know, those poorer people. Children forever brain-damaged by lead-laden water. Remember the brave fight over the Keystone Pipeline. Injured and humiliated tribesmen simply PRAYING for the rare clean water in the Dakotas.

Don't give your kids seafood from the Gulf or GMO corn (is there anything else?) or hormone-laced chicken; don't dress them in oil soaked synthetics, or assume every vaccine is a safety measure.

Because most of this stuff is not safe. Not the air, the water; not the soil, the food. Not the 'Health Care Industry,' or pharmaceuticals. How about 5G, coming soon to your neighborhood? Look up. See the cameras and the chemical white sky? What's this war against having a gender? Is it truly about tolerance and acceptance? I'm all for that; but shrinking testicles and sperm counts? Not so much. How about getting a Smart Phone for a kid's 3rd birthday and chemo for his 6th? Oh, yeh,...child disappearances and child trafficking. Are the human sacrifice tales fact or fiction? (Remember that old saying, Where there's smoke, there's fire'?) Will there be any birds, bees or ladybugs left to show the child who's gestating right now, today? Ah, don't worry. Now, in a couple states you can abort her/him/it on the delivery table.

A lot more questions than answers. Darned if I know. But insanity makes me grumpy.

I'm pretty sure war is raging absolutely everywhere. A war against children, against adults, against the aged and the flawed. A war against homo sapiens. I don't know who or what is waging this ever-billowing war, but we should Cry for Children Everywhere.

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One thing Alex Jones always said had merit - there's a war going on for your mind!

I'd add, there's a war going on for your body and soul as well.

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Janet, I am incapable of adding anything to what you say. You know I am honest when I say, you blow me away with the way you write, with the way you express yourself, and most importantly, with what you say...

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thank you. :)

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Ditto. Janet, I wanted to give your excellent writing 4 million thumbs up. You do express yourself so very, very well.

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Thank you, LA. :)

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