Words and Deeds

Words and Deeds

Three deceased victims of US drone attack on Pakistan -- Sept 2010

There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts... We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief.

....let us use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together...

We recognize our own mortality, and are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame – but rather, how well we have loved, and what small part we have played in bettering the lives of others...        

…in Christina we see all of our children. So curious, so trusting, so energetic and full of magic.

All of us – we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations.

Remarks excerpted from speech by President Barack Obama -- Tucson, Arizona 1/12/11


Alice de TocquevilleSaturday, January 22nd 2011 10:43AM

There used to be a fax number at the bottom of whitehouse.gov - it's not there now.

I wanted to ask you to send these pictures to him. Alternatively, I'd like to have them made into giant posters, which we should try to distribute widely as possible. You know, they say that the graphic footage on the nightly news, (back when there were journalists doing the nightly news), were a big factor in turning the public's attention to the horribleness of the Vietnam invasion. I know that those returning from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, feel great alienation due to the lack of consciousness stateside, of the fact that we're conducting a war.

By the way, military suicides are up another 25%.

Lake Walker Vents while droolingThursday, January 20th 2011 5:15AM

The pictures shown were not an intended "gotcha" moment. Instead of attacking liberals for entertainment you might try reflecting on your perception of what is good about U.S. invasions and occupations in the Middle East.

The reason compassionate folks are against war is because brutality, cruelty, dehumanization, insensitivity, callousness, and merciless sanctimony are repulsive no matter who they are manifested in. Since the U.S. is the invader and occupier our leaders can call it off, but the are hynotized by the abstract result of keeping war contractors employed and profitable. Without an enemy, the U.S. would have to create one, because of the recognized benefits of perpetual war. Big Wars = bad. Small Perpetual Wars = good.

Michael Ladeen told a room full of politicians that small wars were good for America. He said that every few years or so the U.S. needs to pick up any small nation, under any marketable pretext, and slap it against the wall. The strategy is that it takes too long to win hearts and minds, that the U.S. is terrible at anyway, and massacre a hundred thousand or more of them, so they do not forget who we are He thinks it's important for leaders of foreign nations to be reminded that Americans are cold-blooded killers who with an impressive display of merciless behavior can quiet critics, and convert future revolutionaries into couch potatoes. There is no reason to feel a thing about dead children. One can tell by looking at their enemy mugs that they would have grown up to be terrorists anyway. The U.S. simply preempted their development into adult assholes. Due to advanced research in telepathy the U.S. is certain they were just tiny unarmed enemies, nothing more, and definitely nothing less.

Political types are famous for, "Hey, look over there; there's nothing to see here." Voters like to vote for politicians who appear to be more ignorant and psychotic than they are. It helps Americans feel better than the criminally insane people they vote for. Otherwise, they would only have strangers and foreigners to hate. Think how boring that could become.

Dead ChildrenThursday, January 20th 2011 4:24AM

I don't know how they do it. Are all of our elected officials schizophrenic? One nine year old is killed in a small grouping of people and Americans are horrified. Five thousand nine year olds are killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and there is hardly a mention of it in the news, let alone protestors pounding the streets day and night until our leaders find their moral bearing. Can someone tell me why exactly the U.S. insists on continuing to kill people in the Middle East? Hasn't anyone figured out that the projected profit some claimed could be made on these wars of choice, only appeared to at least not be losing money, because George Bush kept the cost off the books. The real cost is the degradation of the sense that warns humans that murdering other people's children is wrong. Over time it no longer matters how many were killed. The important question is how many more.


SeanWednesday, January 19th 2011 8:21PM

Typical right wing bullshit. Who is this "terrorist" we all purportedly love so much? This terrorist does not exist, except in the most feeble and addled brains.

If being a liberal means feeling revulsion when children are killed, sign me up. Apparently being "conservative" means reveling in the death of children, especially those killed because of "conservative" wars.

American conservatives are the most cowardly people to ever walk the earth. Chickenshit who avoid serving the military, but revel in death and killing. What a bunch of pussies. Mr. Lake Walker - you are of and among these pussies.

"bad" children?Tuesday, January 18th 2011 10:57AM

Perhaps I misunderstand the concept of killing "bad" children.  Is there a department in the Pentagon that vets proposed Predator targets to ensure that only those harboring "bad" children are hit?  I doubt it.  I think the governing philosophy is that the death of any unknown foreigner can be rationalized as long as the U.S. military is doing the attacking.  

I assure you, Mr. Joslin's reply was satirical. The jury is out on Mr Walker's comments but either way, they are a joke.

bandapartMonday, January 17th 2011 5:04PM

"My gut instinct tells me that they could very well have been bad children, after all. Doesn't that seem to make more sense given what we know of others in foreign lands in the kind of situations you depict in these photos?"

Like yours, no doubt.  But cuter.



Lake WalkerMonday, January 17th 2011 9:19AM

You leftist love photos like these, because you think they help you 'prove' your point that America is a war-mongering country.

War is tragic and children are always among its victims...to the terrorist you admire all life is cheap and the life of a child especially means nothing...

President Obama did not invent Al Queda or terrorism...he is trying to end it...If there had been no attack on New York City in 2001 we would not be in Afghanistan now, and the children in your picture would still be alive...then you'd have to look elsewhere to find photos of tragic children to use as propoganda...

mistah charley, ph.d.Friday, January 14th 2011 8:19PM

I believe the children are the future.  Or not, as the case may be.

The young adults are the near future.  Of those University of Arizona students who came to the podium during the ceremony, and from the glimpses we had of him later on, it seemed that Daniel Hernandez, tall, heavy, dark-complected, intern for Giffords, homosexual activist, could smell the bullshit being shoveled.  If so, good for him.  On the other hand, the student body president was clearly delighted to roll in it.  So it goes.

remote control atrocitiesFriday, January 14th 2011 8:34AM

How many Jared Loughner soulmates (fully sanctioned, licensed and legal) sit in front of the Predator drone remote control screens at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, finger on the button waiting for their moment.

Barry, thanks for pulling the curtain back and exposing our duplicitous Wizard of Fraud once again.


GeorgeThursday, January 13th 2011 8:47PM

Nixon had his Checkers speech. Obama now has his "puddles in heaven" speech. Puddles didn't make me weep. Puddles didn't make me crave civility. Puddles only reminded me that the President is a warmonger and a manipulative charlatan who is quite happy to play us for a bunch of fools.

John A. Joslin- DetroitThursday, January 13th 2011 6:56PM

When I saw those overly graphic pictures , sensational images stripped of any redemptive context, meant for one thing and one thing only, to shock the unwary... my first thought was something like,' My God, sir ( or madam) have you no decency ?! '.

Using dead children is something that should not be easily tolerated in an enlightened society. Especially since we have been furnished nada convincing proof that they were innocent in the first place.  Not a shred of evidence.

My gut instinct tells me that they could very well have been bad children, after all. Doesn't that seem to make more sense given what we know of others in foreign lands in the kind of situations you depict in these photos?

In the 'Big Picture', I am thankful that we have experts who can sort out the good dead children from the bad dead children

This isn't my first rodeo.

Gary in B'HamThursday, January 13th 2011 6:54PM

Our Speech-Maker-in-Chief is a fraudulent product of a deeply cynical and corrupt system that dehumanizes all of us if we let these atrocities stand. Look closer at these smallest of victims and understand that WE are complicit in our silence.

Cue up 'This is the end', for this is not going to end well for any of us.


Sara TinkelmanThursday, January 13th 2011 4:27PM

I remember WWII footage of little Belgian toddlers being lifted from the rubble of a bombed apartment house and handed up to the arms waiting anxiously to receive them. Most of the injuries the darlings sustained must have been internal because their sweet faces were calmly composed as if in sleep, their broken necks limp, their curls still dangling. The Bad Guys did that.

Thank you for the wrenching pictures of little ones who didn't look like us, who never spoke like us, had no politics and who, it is hoped, never knew what hit them. The juxtaposition of their shredded faces with the president's most recent words to Americans is very, very hard to stomach. The Good Guys did this.

J. Thomas DuffyThursday, January 13th 2011 4:04PM

Great Post, Kid Crimmins ...

And today, some clown in the Murdock Street Journal is calling for War Monger Petraeus to be made a 5-Star War Monger ...

I guess "Together We Thrive" doesn't get translated into Pakistani ...


Words and DeedsThursday, January 13th 2011 11:18AM

Thank you, Barry, for this forceful, beautiful piece, this combination of pictures and words.

Walter Dufresne
Brooklyn, NY