Thursday, December 16, 2004

Was It Worth it for The Kids...?

I am not, I repeat NOT, rehashing the Iraq war. Whether we should or should not be there. Whether there were/were not weapons of mass destruction other than Saddam himself. Whether the post war planning has been efficient/inefficent. NOT doing that. What I AM doing is reflecting on one aspect of the afforementioned liberation. The children of Iraq...

Countless human rights groups (and subsequently zombie-eyed liberals) have been spouting the numbers of civilian children killed during OIF. Yeah, the statue fell, but how many kids have died? Yeah, there will be elections, but how many kids have died? Yeah, Saddam was evil, but how many kids have died? Yeah, there were mass graves, but what about the dead kids?

TRUE! What about the kids? What about the kids who were spirited away from their homes and taken to children's prisons? The kids that were stolen and tortured by Saddam because their parents had 'spoken out' against the regime? Had they committed any crimes? Can a three year old commit a crime? The Marines 5th Regiment liberated close to 150 children (some who had been imprisoned for up to five years: source) as they entered NE Bahgdad. These children who ranged from 2 years old to 13 years old. These children who had committed no crime. The Marines found them malnourished and barley clothed. Take a moment to think of your child -taken from your home -scared -confused -crying-and thrown into a dirt cell...tortured...

This is from an interview in Time magazine with Scott Ritter:

"You've spoke about having seen the children's prisons in Iraq. Can you describe what you saw there?

The prison in question is at the General Security Services headquarters, which was inspected by my team in Jan. 1998. It appeared to be a prison for children — toddlers up to pre-adolescents — whose only crime was to be the offspring of those who have spoken out politically against the regime of Saddam Hussein. It was a horrific scene. Actually I'm not going to describe what I saw there because what I saw was so horrible that it can be used by those who would want to promote war with Iraq, and right now I'm waging peace. "
(read article)

Another article reported:
"...Ironically, these children may have been the lucky ones. Over the past decade, international organizations like Human Rights Watch, have repeatedly reported on the imprisonment, torture, and execution of children by the Saddam Hussein regime. Children have been among the nearly 300,000 persons who have "disappeared" in Iraq since the later 1970s. Children have been routinely and repeatedly arrested to force their parents to confess to crimes against the regime.

For example, a March Boston Globe story detailed the interrogation of a former Iraqi secret police thug who had specialized in torture. The thug admitted torturing children as young as five or six to "get their mothers talking." He claimed that Iraqi torturers never killed the children, just "beat them with steel cables." But he was contradicted by a BBC story in which another former regime torturer said it was common to kill children if their parents wouldn't talk...
" (read article)

So, my question is...how about those kids? The children's prison is closed and parents no longer have to worry about Uday or Qusay's henchman coming and taking their toddlers. So ask yourself this...If this would have been the reason given for regime change...would it have been enough?

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