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Two Afghan Children Killed Tending Their Cattle by NATO

by Hakim
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
http://ourjourneytosmile.com
Mar. 3, 2013

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ourjourneytosmile·Mar 3, 2013

“Two young Afghan boys herding cattle in Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan were mistakenly killed by NATO forces yesterday.
They were seven and eight years old.
Our globe, approving of ‘necessary or just war’, thinks, “We expect this to happen occasionally.”
Some say, “We’re sorry.”
Therefore today, with sorrow and rage, we the Afghan Peace Volunteers took our hearts to the streets.
We went with two cows, remembering that the two children were tending to their cattle on their last day.
We are those two children.
We want to be human again.”

Two young Afghan boys herding cattle in Uruzgan Province of Afghanistan were mistakenly killed by NATO forces yesterday.

They were seven and eight years old.

Our globe, approving of ‘necessary or just war’, thinks, “We expect this to happen occasionally.”

Some say, “We’re sorry.”

Therefore today, with sorrow and rage, we the Afghan Peace Volunteers took our hearts to the streets.

We went with two cows, remembering that the two children were tending to their cattle on their last day.

We are those two children.

We want to be human again.

Don’t we see it? Don’t we hear it?

All of nature, the cows, the grass, the hills and the songs, crave for us to be human again.

We want to get out of our seats of pride and presumption, and give a cry of resistance.

We want the world to hear us, the voice of the thundering masses.

“We’re so tired of war.”

“Children shouldn’t have to live or die this way.”

“This hurts like mad, like the mad hurt of seeing a child being caned while he’s crying from hunger.”

“We have woken up, and we detest the method of mutual killing in war that the leaders of the world have adopted.”

We say, with due respect to the leaders, but with no respect for their or any act of violence, “We are very wrong. You are very wrong.”

“We cannot go on resolving conflicts this warring way.”

Unless we see the cattle’s submission upon being blown up to pieces, and understand the momentary surprise of the seven year old listening to music on his radio, and empathize with the eight year old who had taken responsibility for the seven year old, and weep torrentially with the mother of the children, we are at risk of losing everything we value within ourselves.

Hearing the NATO commander General Joseph Dunford say that they’re sorry makes us angry; we don’t want to hear it.

We don’t want ‘sorry-s’. We want an end to all killing. We want to live without war.

We want all warriors to run back anxiously to their own homes, and fling their arms around their sons and daughters, their grandsons and grand-daughters, and say, “We love you and will never participate in the killing of any child or human being again.”

In the days to come, we’ll remember the distraught mother and family of the two children.

We know they won’t eat, or feel like breathing or living. They will remember, yet not want to remember.

Their mother will feel like giving away tens of thousands of cows just so she can touch her two children’s faces again. No, she’ll not only touch their faces, she will shower them with the hugs and kisses only mothers can give.

Do not insult her grief or her poverty by giving her monetary compensation for her children.

If they were alive, they would say along with their mother, “We are not goods.”

We went out there with our hearts and two cows this morning. We stood in front of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, next to a trash-lined river no one wants to clean up, and we began to feel human again.

We had begun to cry for our world.

see

American Foreign Policy – Have Our War Lovers Learned Anything? by William Blum

Gareth Porter: Afghan war, dead weight around Obama’s neck + Raz Mohammad: Drones Kill the People of Afghanistan

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  4. There’s been a lot of rumbling over here in the UK lately about moral accountability (a strange notion if you think about it) for past colonial atrocities.

    The question is should a government “apologize” for crimes committed by its predecessors?

    Personally I see this as a meaningless exercise in political jujitsu. It happened ages ago, it happened yesterday; what’s the difference? It doesn’t matter when, it’s what we do now that matters.

    Apologies are empty gestures. Sorry, I didn’t mean to kill your kids ~ shit just happens…

    Well that really is bullshit.

    The only decent response is to desist from foreign aggression altogether. Then if we take it further, we should take positive humanitarian action to improve quality of life for people, in whatever ways we can that are both reasonable and resourceful; not more of the same crap by another name.

    “Moral accounts” or any other accounts for that matter are arbitrary, selective and artificial. What about water rights? Pollution? Cleaning up mines? Where’s the profit in that?

    This mess will not “magically” go away until the digital militarist tyranny that determines all outcomes is dismantled and redesigned: revert corporate inversion, retool and convert the whole damned works. Change our minds! That starts at home. Everywhere is ground zero these days. Even the bunkered elites cannot escape the consequences of their own vile proclivities.

    Idle No More!

  5. So sorry, my heart goes out to you, to the parents of those shot and their precious cows. We must learn to love one another.
    Bless all of you. GEM

  6. Well, it’s a big improvement over Vietnam. They must’ve killed dozens of civillians every day, back then. I’m sure the Military constantly tries to find ways to minimize civillian deaths, even if for the most cynical of reasons. There’s no excusing it of course. But the trend line is at least positive.

    • Please stop sending comments. Thank you. Georgianne E. Matthews

    • Hid , the military is not interested in minimizing deaths . they are in the BUSINESS of maximizing them . why ? because the military is a highly well paid cult that has to be fed. it is the strong arm of the American Empire . the trend is not positive , it is destructive . There is no improvement over Vietnam , or WW1, WW2 , the Civil War.

      Augustine’s just war theory based on ”the principle of proportionality” has been blown way out of proportion . it failed when the U.S. dropped the bomb on Hiroshima .

      a life is a life . to take one life is to take 100 lives…and to take 100 is to take one . one cannot use a quantitative proposition concerning the intrinsic quality of life and its destruction via war. why ? because , a quality proposition trumps the quantitative one every time .

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