Saturday, August 12, 2006

We Think The Price Is Worth It

I got a asked today why America was so hated. I get asked this with monotonous regularity so I suppose it's time to reply again.

This is why they hate you.

11 YO Muhamed Sameer Moussa was wounded in an Israeli air strike his legs had to be amputated This is Muhamed Sameer Moussa. He's 11 years old. He was wounded by an Israeli air strike on al-Daheera and his injuries were such that his legs have had to be amputated. The hospital where he's being treated is in Tyre. Muhamed's prospects are bleak, he has to make through the next few weeks and for that he needs the best possible medical care. There's nothing wrong with the standard of medical expertise in Lebanon - they match up to anywhere in the world you care to mention. Moreover Lebanese doctors have a lot of experience of treating seriously wounded children. But for Muhamed to survive he needs modern medical technology that technology is dependent upon electricity which has to be generated using petroleum products. The Israelis have bombed the storage tanks and are blockading Lebanon. Not content with mutilating the child and devastating his country the Israeli government and its armed forces are doing their very best to make sure he doesn't survive. They're doing so with American foreknowledge, American consent, and using American supplied weaponry. Muhamed's injuries and his likely death can be laid directly at America's feet. Muhamed and hundreds of thousands of children in the Middle East are the victims of a country that thinks it has the right to condemn children to death for its own ends:

Leslie Stahl: "We have heard that a half million children have died (as a result of sanctions against Iraq). I mean, that is more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?"

Madeleine Albright: "I think this is a very hard choice, but the price, we think the price is worth it."

- U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in the Clinton Administration in CBS "Sixty Minutes" interview with Leslie Stahl, 12 May 1996

Images like this and worse are seen daily throughout the Muslim world. They're not seen in the west because news providers have bowed to political pressure and to pressure from advertisers not to "upset" people with "tasteless" images. America and Israel make clear by their actions that Muslim children in general and Arab children in particular are disposable not really people. That is why they hate you, you threaten their children. Every American and Israeli atrocity deepens and prolongs that hatred. The "price" is not "worth it" and neither America nor any other county has ever had the right to make others pay it. It's as simple, as obvious, and as human, as that.


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