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Killing Children

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Here is an email I received in response to one of my essays.

Killing Children : Sergeant Benjamin Reutter : : 2008-04-04

child victim of US cluster bomb
child victim of US cluster bomb
We fight and we die. We do not kill primarily children as you claim. That is a lie. You should feel some kind of responsibility to at least report the truth. Please tell me where you have found the figures to back up your claims. I am not calling you names, I am not getting upset. I am simply asking you to back up your statements. I respect the people such as yourself, that do not believe in this war. I fight for freedoms such as speech. You expressing your views gives me the old warm and fuzzy. Please just tell me where you get all your information. Exact sources would be nice. Reputable sources would be nice. Have a good day.
4 year old victim of US cluster bomb
4 year old victim of US cluster bomb

It is obvious that it must be so that you Americans are killing primarily children. Consider. You surely have seen with your own eyes the videos of Shock & Awe bombing of Iraq’s residential neighbourhoods of Baghdad and Fallujah, or even participated in it first hand. When you do that, you kill people completely indiscriminately young, old, combatant, civilian. Most people in Iraq are under 15, a feature of all third world countries. So you can’t help but kill mostly children when you use that tactic.

Further, the USA, especially in the sanction bombings prior to the war, targeted electric plants, schools, hospitals, mosques (a public water source) and sewage treatment plants. The effect was a form of bio-warfare. People died from drinking contaminated water. Children are much more susceptible than adults to the effects of contaminated water. Many more died from cholera from your bio-warfare than from bullets.

Third, the US military admitted it has an official quota of 30 civilians for every high value target. A soldier invited to kill 30 civilians to nail a high value target. He is supposed to get permission if he plans to kill more. By the law of averages, over half those bystanders killed will be children. You saw this in the assassination of al-Zarqawi where Americans killed the families in the homes nearby as well. Families are mostly composed of children.

The American war strategy is to keep American casualties to a minimum. Americans have only lost little over 4000 men in 15 years and 1 month of war. This means fighting using high technology and remote control, e.g. bombing, predator missiles and flame throwers that kill everyone in a dwelling. Such tactics necessarily kill indiscriminately.

If you want stats on casualties, read the Body Counts essay and follow the links, particularly the Lancet article, the only peer reviewed figures.

You personally are an international war criminal because you are aiding and abetting an illegal, unprovoked aggressive war. That is a capital crime. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Further, disagreeing with the law won’t get you off the hook either. May you soon be brought to justice. I hope you die slowly and painfully. I feel about you much the same as I would a child rapist writing me a confession and, in his psychosis, trying to talk me into saying what he did was ok. You make my skin crawl. Not only are you a butcher, you are a liar and phony.

Your email handle protectthehomeland claims you are protecting the USA with your murders. What a joke! Iraq is zero threat to the USA. They have not killed a single American except the thugs, like you, who illegally entered Iraq as part of the invasion. You gave yourself away with that Nazi word homeland.

Killing Children, continued : Sergeant Benjamin Reutter : : 2008-04-05

I’ve done some looking around to find out who you are, or who you think you are rather. And I’ve come to find out that you’re an intelligent man a business man, you’re obviously well read. I could go on and on with accolades for your accomplishments, but I’ll just keep it short by saying good for you Roedy, keep up the good work. That being said, why is it that you receive so many death threats? Could it be that you’re a psycho? Whats the deal with 2001-09-11 was planned? America developed SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) to target the Chinese and Canadians? You make yourself sound crazy, therefore you lose credibility by sounding like a kook.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-02-22 1860-09-21 age:72)
I agree that there are so many things that have happened that are wrong. The pow prison for instance. But I have never used napalm, white phosphorus or cluster bombs, In fact I’ve never even seen those weapons in my military career.
The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them.
~ George Orwell (1903-06-25 1950-01-21 age:46)
I would never target a civilian, a child or even a dog for that matter, that wasn’t trying to harm myself or one of my guys. We have VERY strict r.o.e. We don’t walk around pulling the trigger at anything that moves, it doesn’t work that way.
Benjamin Ferencz, chief prosecutor at Nuremberg, a friend of a friend
Benjamin Ferencz, chief prosecutor at Nuremberg, a friend of a friend

None of that defence matters at all. None of the things you say about me matter either. You are still an international war criminal because you aided and abetted an aggressive war. That is a capital crime. You are guilty for the same reason the driver of a get-away car is guilty of murder if one of the gunmen kills a bank guard. Further, I think you are lying. I have seen too many videos, seen too many photos, see too much live footage on the TV news to believe you have been so sheltered. I have also seen the stupendous budget for your mayhem $120,000.00 USD per man, woman and child in Iraq.

Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869-10-02 1948-01-30 age:78)

You are quite right that people who make their life decisions the same way sheep do consider me a kook because I am not afraid to point out truths that everyone else is afraid to expound. For example, I was the first person in Western Canada to go public with being gay and to point out how irrational anti-gay prejudice was. I was the first person to point on earth to point out that Bush’s story about what happened to the towers on 2001-09-11 violates Newton’s law and hence can’t possibly be true. Just because you slept through your high school physics class and I got the top mark in North America in a physics exam does not excuse you from dismissing my argument on the grounds you are too afraid to contemplate what it implies. In 1980, I did a lecture on a proposed new advanced computer lanuage. I was laughed off the stage for talking about the impossible. Five years later it was the on the cover of the biggest computer magazine on the planet. I have a genius level IQ (Intelligence Quotient). For me, it is completely normal that others can’t see what, for me, is obvious. I am not about to shut up just because relative morons can’t/won’t follow. I find it amusing how Americans who have never talked to anyone from the middle east, read a newspaper, or a book or viewed a documentary are utterly convinced they know infinitely more about the middle east than I do. Similarly, I find it amusing that soldiers who have done nothing but kill people imagine themselves experts on why they were ordered to do that.

The Iraq war is aggressive, a crime in itself. Your side started it unprovoked. Your leaders were caught fabricating evidence to justify it. They changed their story several times on why they are fighting it. Night after night more are more of their lies and dirty propaganda tricks are exposed. The US military, which includes you, long ago lost any credibility. The military even frankly admits that disinformation in one of their major tactics of war. You are an admitted criminal. In a court of law, even the accused’s testimony has almost no weight.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869-10-02 1948-01-30 age:78)

I treat you with the same contempt I would treat any other brazen serial killer on death row. The only difference is you have not had your trial yet.

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