Child Victims

1:56 pm in Uncategorized by FeetToDaFire

President Obama made an eloquent and heartfelt speech at the prayer vigil for the people who were killed in Connecticut. The fact that the majority of victims were very young children seems to have broken peoples’ hearts more than any of the other recent school shootings. I have to ask, does a 6 year old actually has greater intrinsic value than a 14 year old high school student or a promising young adult university student?

People are so affected that gun control is actually being seriously discussed. At least in regards to a ban on military equivalent assault weapons, high capacity clips, and the so-called gun show loophole. Approximately 40% of the guns purchased are sold without background checks. Calling it a loophole makes light of the gaping highway to unrestricted gun ownership. Even some prominent Republicans who previously were against such measures have changed their position.

 

The prospects of serious gun legislation appears greater than at any time since the 10 years of the assault rifle ban expired in 2004. Maybe it was the deaths of 20 children that was the magic number to get the President to decide that enough is enough. That it must stop.

Maybe, maybe not. If the killing of 20 children was the straw that broke the camel’s back in the gun debate for Obama and others, why didn’t the killing of 21 children (and 14 women) in December 2009 have any discernible effect? Maybe it was that the children in question were 7000 miles away in Yemen. Maybe it just didn’t feel as personal considering they all died without knowing what hit them as the Tomahawk cruise missile and cluster bombs detonated. On the news footage, I didn’t see one person interviewed from Sandy Hook who wasn’t white. Maybe racism was a factor. Maybe Americans believe that a Yemeni mom doesn’t love or miss her child as much as a Connecticut mom.

Please don’t misunderstand me. I am not trying to minimize the horrific event in Connecticut. On the contrary, I can’t even begin to express the sadness I feel. Like me, you probably find it hard to imagine that the Newtown shooter wasn’t mentally disturbed. No one in their right mind could do such an awful and immoral thing.

The question I’d like you to consider is: what does this say about our “leaders?” What of the callousness that allows them to continue to kill innocent people with drone strikes? What of the idea that any male of military age can be targeted for execution, without a chance to mount a defense and then the subsequent cover-up? That is, unless it becomes impossible to deny the reality.

What of the heartless way anyone who dares to report the truth is treated? Bradley Manning is an example. Another is the Yemeni journalist, Abdulelah Haider Shaye. Shaye had the audacity to investigate the attack and report what he saw. He found credible evidence to support the notion that the US was behind the bombing. Did he get a reward for identifying the individuals responsible? Nope, in fact at Obama’s insistance he is still incarcerated.

Why did the news of the Connecticut shooting effect us so profoundly? The memory of the kids and teachers will be in the minds of people for the foreseeable future. Perhaps more significant is that the Yemeni children have all but been forgotten. President Obama stood in front of the prayer vigil and said the name of each child killed. A moving gesture, for sure. I’d like to see the children killed in the drone strike treated with the same respect and reverence. I doubt Obama is likely to take that initiative. So I have taken it upon myself. Thanks to Wendy at Firedoglake for making the list available in her post.

YEMEN

Name                               | Age | Gender
Afrah Ali Mohammed Nasser | 9 | female
Zayda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 7 | female
Hoda Ali Mohammed Nasser | 5 | female
Sheikha Ali Mohammed Nasser | 4 | female
Ibrahim Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 13 | male
Asmaa Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 9 | male
Salma Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | female
Fatima Abdullah Mokbel Salem Louqye | 3 | female
Khadije Ali Mokbel Louqye | 1 | female
Hanaa Ali Mokbel Louqye | 6 | female
Mohammed Ali Mokbel Salem Louqye | 4 | male
Jawass Mokbel Salem Louqye | 15 | female
Maryam Hussein Abdullah Awad | 2 | female
Shafiq Hussein Abdullah Awad | 1 | female
Sheikha Nasser Mahdi Ahmad Bouh | 3 | female
Maha Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 12 | male
Soumaya Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 9 | female
Shafika Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 4 | female
Shafiq Mohammed Saleh Mohammed | 2 | male
Mabrook Mouqbal Al Qadari | 13 | male
Daolah Nasser 10 years | 10 | female
AbedalGhani Mohammed Mabkhout | 12 | male
Abdel- Rahman Anwar al Awlaki | 16 | male
Abdel-Rahman al-Awlaki | 17 | male
Nasser Salim | 19

PAKISTAN

Name | Age | Gender
Noor Aziz | 8 | male
Abdul Wasit | 17 | male
Noor Syed | 8 | male
Wajid Noor | 9 | male
Syed Wali Shah | 7 | male
Ayeesha | 3 | female
Qari Alamzeb | 14| male
Shoaib | 8 | male
Hayatullah KhaMohammad | 16 | male
Tariq Aziz | 16 | male
Sanaullah Jan | 17 | male
Maezol Khan | 8 | female
Nasir Khan | male
Naeem Khan | male
Naeemullah | male
Mohammad Tahir | 16 | male
Azizul Wahab | 15 | male
Fazal Wahab | 16 | male
Ziauddin | 16 | male
Mohammad Yunus | 16 | male
Fazal Hakim | 19 | male
Ilyas | 13 | male
Sohail | 7 | male
Asadullah | 9 | male
khalilullah | 9 | male
Noor Mohammad | 8 | male
Khalid | 12 | male
Saifullah | 9 | male
Mashooq Jan | 15 | male
Nawab | 17 | male
Sultanat Khan | 16 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 13 | male
Noor Mohammad | 15 | male
Mohammad Yaas Khan | 16 | male
Qari Alamzeb | 14 | male
Ziaur Rahman | 17 | male
Abdullah | 18 | male
Ikramullah Zada | 17 | male
Inayatur Rehman | 16 | male
Shahbuddin | 15 | male
Yahya Khan | 16 |male
Rahatullah |17 | male
Mohammad Salim | 11 | male
Shahjehan | 15 | male
Gul Sher Khan | 15 | male
Bakht Muneer | 14 | male
Numair | 14 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Taseel Khan | 18 | male
Zaheeruddin | 16 | male
Qari Ishaq | 19 | male
Jamshed Khan | 14 | male
Alam Nabi | 11 | male
Qari Abdul Karim | 19 | male
Rahmatullah | 14 | male
Abdus Samad | 17 | male
Siraj | 16 | male
Saeedullah | 17 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Salman | 12 | male
Fazal Wahab | 18 | male
Baacha Rahman | 13 | male
Wali-ur-Rahman | 17 | male
Iftikhar | 17 | male
Inayatullah | 15 | male
Mashooq Khan | 16 | male
Ihsanullah | 16 | male
Luqman | 12 | male
Jannatullah | 13 | male
Ismail | 12 | male
Abdul Waris | 16 | male
Darvesh | 13 | male
Ameer Said | 15 | male
Shaukat | 14 | male
Inayatur Rahman | 17 | male
Adnan | 16 | male
Najibullah | 13 | male
Naeemullah | 17 | male
Hizbullah | 10 | male
Kitab Gul | 12 | male
Wilayat Khan | 11 | male
Zabihullah | 16 | male
Shehzad Gul | 11 | male
Shabir | 15 | male
Qari Sharifullah | 17 | male
Shafiullah | 16 | male
Nimatullah | 14 | male
Shakirullah | 16 | male
Talha | 8 | male