Monday, July 17, 2006

The Cost of War

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We often see images of aftermath of destruction - this image was flashed around the world shortly after the Coalition started their *shock and Awe* campaign against Iraq...

The story behind this - was this girl called Ibtihal Jassem, she was born both deaf and dumb - in the instant that her legs was blown off, she also lost all of her family - in the picture you see her uncle, carrying her body.

Ibtihal - is a survivor, but will live for the rest of her life, not only having severe communication issues, in a society that does not cater for her special needs - but also severely physically disabled, with mobility problems that now thanks to the war, will leave her dependent on mobility aids, which are hard to come by. For a moment reflect on what must be going on inside this girls mind...

Here is a link with more information about Ibtihal

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Blogger A soft socialist said...

That is really shocking and really does show that Israel have gone way to far.

But, how would you expect them to respond when Hizboillah have been lobbing rockets into civilian areas.

7:52 AM  
Blogger LaLaMiMi said...

Not that two wrongs make a right - to be fair - Hizbullah had abducted two soldiers doing this to demand the release of its own people, who languish in Israeli prisons often being beaten and tortured... Israel attacked Lebenon first, by bombing civilian targets such as bridges, an international airport and Hizbullah has since responded in kind. Both sides need to end this - Israel must hand over prisoners, many of them children. Hizbullah should then release their captives.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Has said...

I would also like to add that I hope that little girl can recover from the savage carnage and chaos that has affected her.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous boogski said...

"Both sides need to end this - Israel must hand over prisoners, many of them children. Hizbullah should then release their captives."

Nope. Hisbollah needs to be destroyed. Their supporters need to be destroyed. It's foolish to negotiate with "entities" which are hell bent on your destruction. Since there's no negotiation, may the best man win.

I've been reading the arguments over at Harry's Place and the commenters there have presented practically every argument under the sun.

What's left to say?

6:54 PM  
Blogger A soft socialist said...

Both side do need to end it correct; but somehow I don't see an end.

4:25 PM  
Blogger LaLaMiMi said...

Sadly I think the same - when there are extremists on all sides, who have no intention in holding talks and negotiations.

3:59 AM  
Blogger LaLaMiMi said...

boog... in order to destroy Hizbullah.. how many civilians would you think is acceptable ti kill? Now close your eyes and imagine that some of those civilians are your sister, brother, parents, bestfriend, child, can you still think this is the right way to destroy Hizbullah? or shall Israel go through the normal means of going through security council and UN diplomacy route.. Their soldiers were not killed before any bombardment of Lebanon and Gaza, so they had time go through this. Without effecting so many lives.

Even the parents of the captured soldiers think the present upheaval is nonsensical and has nothing to do with their children being captured and want Israel to hand over prisoners.

8:16 AM  
Blogger voltaires_priest said...

Also Booger I'd like to know what makes you think destroying Hizbollah is actually the motivation? I know of no anti-terrorist campaign that's been successfully conducted on the basis of air strikes. Even tanks and bulldozers don't work (look at the occupied territories) when you're dealing with guerilla groups.

And if I know this, then so presumably do the Israelis. Which leads me to wonder what they're really up to.

2:23 AM  
Blogger LaLaMiMi said...

Another thing.. How can you destroy an idealogy, political or religious?

2:28 AM  

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