Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 2 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Breaking All the Rules: "You Can Not Beat Children"

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages) (# of views)   No comments
Author 1681
Message Hamish
The video of young Iraqis, being beaten by British troops in Basra, was threatening to take the issue of the Muhammad cartoons off the agenda as the main gripe for Muslims at the time. Luckily for our boys, further Al Ghraib photos emerged and the US was again back in the spotlight. The video of the children being beaten was spooky…not because armed men were using such violence on kids, but because of the commentary.

I had thought this was a Rodney King-type video where a brave whistle blower had taken risks to film the “LAPD Story”. No, the Brit video was filmed by a colleague encouraging them and clearly wanting to join in. “Oh yes, you‘re going to get it. Oh yes.”. They did. The BBC said “It may inflame the situation”. That British use of understatement!

The BBC commentator said “..the troops “appear” to be assaulting the children” as our men are clearly seen catching these kids and taking them out of sight from their fathers, who may have offered a bit more resistance. They are then seen holding them down and walloping them. Who would they have caught? Slower, less able, more vulnerable children. Few soldiers with pack, boots, rifle and helmet could catch a fit, scared teenager.

If foreign troops were here, would we not forgive such youthful folly or indeed encourage teenagers to protest or throw stones like these kids were doing? Was it Robert Morley, in “Topkapi”, who, when a Turkish border guard asks if he is a foreigner, says “Goodness no, I’m British.”? .. We.. are...the …foreigners. Our presence is resented. Time to go.

We “appear” to have outstayed our welcome. Sending our young people to a country with a history of civilisation that is thousands of years older than ours, must be thought through better than this debacle was. We should have tried everything to avoid violence. We should have screamed at Saddam, bribed, stood in his way, begged him.. everything. Our kids are now the target. Our troops are being set up for disaster. Time to go.


##########

Paul Titterton writes with under the pseudonym Hamish

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Hamish Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

'Hamish ' is an antiwar writer socialist- scientist and musician living in Scotland.
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Glorifying Violence

Moshad could sniff out Gibson.

This is not Vietnam all over again.

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE

Be proud to be a Republican

I did not realise I was Anti Semitic

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: