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December 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Pakistan school massacre: What kind of monsters kill innocent children?

My immediate reaction to the mass murder of young students in Pakistan [“Pakistan makes arrests in Taliban school carnage,” Nation & World, Dec. 21] was to ask: What kind of monsters would kill innocent children?

Then I recalled that for a decade after the 1991 U.S. attack on Iraq, under both Republican and Democratic presidents, the U.S. and U.K. imposed sanctions on Iraq that partially led to the deaths of half a million children under the age of 5. This situation was the result of a U.S. war crime, targeting the Iraqi infrastructure, and then the crime of preventing the import of materials necessary for water purification. These child deaths were predicted by a tragically accurate Harvard study in 1991.

Since that time, the U.S. has killed many more innocent children with its bombing in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the killing of children continues to this day with the drone wars in numerous countries. What kind of monsters kill innocent children?

Jean Buskin, Seattle

Comments | More in Iraq war | Topics: Afghanistan, children, education

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