Thursday, March 05, 2009

Quiz (no peeking)

Who said, referring to 9/11:

[M]aybe it all started in 1982, when the U.S. backed an invasion of Lebanon that involved the slaughter of more than 17,000 civilians. Or maybe September 11's barbarism lies in the decade-long American-led blockade of Iraq, which has so far resulted in the deaths of an estimated 300,000 children under the age of five.

A screaming 12-year-old boy, Mohammad al-Durra, cowers against a wall in Gaza while his weeping father tries to shield him from a hail of bullets fired by Israeli soldiers. The bullets explode into the little boy, killing him. The father weeps and holds his dead son against his breast until a bullet tears into his own head. Moments later, a Palestinian ambulance driver arrives. He too is murdered.

Our dailies deftly avoided the grotesque certainty of those images with headlines that made oblique reference to persons caught in a crossfire. Well, here's what's certain. That 12-year-old boy's life was worth no less than the life of the president of the United States. No matter how much we cherish our friendships with Americans, their lives are worth no more than anyone else's.

Another thing is as certain today as it was more than 30 years ago, when this newspaper was founded.

War is not the answer.
[emphasis added]


[H/t beluga2]

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