The Little Black Boy

9 11 2006

It’s the women and children being targeted again, this time in Palestine and by the Israeli army!
Action – reaction – over reaction is a common sequence in human history, but this is getting to be ridiculous. The easy target, the easy way out, no risks involved, no rubber bullets, just kill!

Click on the image, which is a facsimile of one of Blake’s original publications, to read the poem – on display at the Tate (London).
The title links you to the Tate’s electronic page of Blake’s work, showing his original plates too!
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Suffer the CHILDREN

12 09 2006

The BBC reports an estimated 43 million children in the war affected hotspots around the world that are now being denied a chance at education (data from Save the Children).

Horrifying, but not nearly as bad as this statistic: The proportion of women and children among civilians injured or killed in war is approximately 80% (according to Unicef).

In countries like India, where industrialisation is growing apace, the greater danger comes from poverty. Society is becoming more stratified.

The absolute number of kids getting a primary education seemingly increases as a result of the ‘growth’ of the middle class.
But, the poor are getting poorer – and sending their kids out to work. Staying alive has a higher priority. Privatisation of education only means that the government, which should be helping the poor, quietly turns a blind eye.

Getting back to the question of who really suffers in war, one wonders, do the perpetrators of war ever think through the consequences?

What benefit is there in supposedly engaging one enemy but ending up killing only women and kids?

Is this a new sort of tactic ?

– stop fighting me…

or I will decimate your women and children?

Remember: Modern warfare kills 10 TIMES more civilians than combatants!


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