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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
War is Unsuitable for Children
By Cindy Sheehan
Cindy Sheehan, June 7, 2009
Last week, after being bombarded with pseudo-patriotic images of
graveyards, gravestones and flags, I decided to begin posting images of
maimed and killed Iraqis, but especially children and transform the
mega-pseudo-patriotic Memorial Day to Remembrance of Victims of US
I got a great response to this and my friend and
videographer, Clifford Roddy put together a short film called:
finaledit, with the images I posted and with images that he took at
a national cemetery in Santa Fe, NM where we were together for my Myth
America book tour. I have a
Cindy Sheehan You Tube page so we posted it there.
was just yanked off of You Tube because it "violates the terms of
service" but even before it was yanked, it had a warning: "This video is
unsuitable for children."
The pictures of the dead and maimed
Iraqi children were gruesome. War is gruesome. War is never pretty but
the Iraqi war has been "Sanitized for your protection." It's not enough
that adult males have been tortured but thousands of women and children
have also been imprisoned and cruelly treated.
I think it's pretty gruesome that the US Military has held up to 6000
juveniles in its torture prisons in the Middle East and there has been
rape and torture reported to individuals as young as 10 years old!
How can any human being torture another human being, much less a child?
These kinds of stories remind me of the most horrendous slasher movies
that I can think of, but they are not the pretend product of twisted
fantasy, but factual and mind-blowingly real.
Former US Soldier,
Steven Green, was recently given life in prison without the possibility
of parole for the 2007 rape, mutilation and murder of a 14-year-old girl
in Mahmoudiya, Iraq. Not only was Green the ringleader in the rape and
murder; the squad also killed her family.
though Green was a "bad apple," the situation we find ourselves in is an
entire salad of rotten fruit and incidences like this one are not
uncommon, but rarely reported.
Once when I was in Amman, Jordan
speaking with prominent Iraqis, a Sheikh told me that US soldiers burst
into his home, severely beating him and raping his wife, all in the
presence of his 14-year-old son. The Sheikh told me that it was his
son's fondest dream to kill US Soldiers. Can you imagine this happening
to your family? What if something like this happened in your home?
You're sitting around watching American Idol, or some crap like that,
and Iraqis break into your home and terrorize and brutalize your family?
I am sure you would all just chalk it up to "freedom and democracy" and
be happy to go about your miserable lives comforted by the fact that
your country was being occupied and destroyed for your own good.
During the US-UN-Clinton led sanctions against Iraq, the UN estimates
that over 500,000 children died from starvation, disease, or violence.
500,000 Iraqi children would be like 5,000,000 US children dying. Former
UN Ambassador under Clinton called that sacrifice for US Empire by the
children of Iraq "worth it." Over one million people have died in Iraq
since Bush's invasion in 2003 and most of that figure counts women and
I have spoken to men who were still in their teens who
were sodomized with broom handles in Guantanamo. I have seen the
horrific photos of the US's inhumanity to man and cannot forgive my
country for the terror it has unleashed on the world. I can't stand the
fact that our government operates with such craven cowardice and has
harmed so many people while Americans revel in blissful ignorance.
Young people who never get a chance to live their lives have their
lives snuffed out so corporations can profit and politicians can earn
their John Wayne, muy macho credentials and I wish that we could get a
movement going that would be as large and as angry about weddings
parties being blown up in Iraq-Af-Pak as they are about inequality in
marriage rights here in the US. Please don't email me with hostility
because I wrote about marriage equality: I am 100% for marriage
equality, but I am also 100% for people living to be able to be married
whether they are gay or straight. Lives are in the balance and our
inaction is tipping the scale in the wrong direction.
I am sorry
(sarcasm) that our video "violated" You Tube's terms of service, but the
occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan not only violate my terms of
service, but international law.
This is the new url for the video and the article.
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