Thursday, March 22, 2007

Pity the kindergarten children...

Act two (Via: Mick Hartley)


Rim's story seems to have been more complicated than the version given by her Hamas handlers. Which makes the manipulation of her children even more cynical. As though the deed they forced her to carry out, and the blood shed, were not enough to cleanse her of her transgression. Her daughter is being groomed to follow in her footsteps.

I want to know this: where is the outrage from the Palestinian mothers? From UNICEF? Is someone going to save these children?


And in another theatre, application of similar idea: Children as weapons:

Is there no limit to the barbarity of which Iraqi Arabs are capable? None? An AP
dispatch in this morning's International Herald Tribune reports that a car gained entrance to a shopping area over the weekend when its driver pointed out that he had his two children in the back. He did indeed have two youngsters in the back and he left them there when he and a comrade jumped out. The vehicle then exploded. Among the dead were three bystanders and the kids. Seven people were wounded. This, of course, is a result of Israeli mistreatment of the Palestinians.


The Diameter of the Bomb

The diameter of the bomb was thirty centimeters
and the diameter of its effective range about seven meters,
with four dead and eleven wounded.
And around these, in a larger circle
of pain and time, two hospitals are scattered
and one graveyard. But the young woman
who was buried in the city she came from,
at a distance of more than a hundred kilometers,
enlarges the circle considerably,
and the solitary man mourning her death
at the distant shores of a country far across the sea
includes the entire world in the circle.
And I won’t even mention the crying of orphans
that reaches up to the throne of God and
beyond, making
a circle with no end and no God.

-- Yehuda Amichai


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