I just finished that book and thought it was outstanding.
Ahnimus ... it's an autobiography by a man who was a child soldier in Sierra Leone, and the long rehabilitation after he was rescued from the fighting by UNICEF. He tells how it happens ... he lost his family, was running for his life with some other boys, trying to avoid being recruited as a soldier by either side. He finally had no choice other than to join, or he'd have certainly died. He talks about the gradual indoctrination, how drugs were freely available to dull their senses so they'd become fighting machines, the psychological process that takes over and eventually numbs the mind to the endless brutality.
It's a story of war, but I think you can learn a lot about what goes on in the mind of anyone who is horribly brutalized over a long period of time, as are many of the people in our own prisons.
it took 9 posts to get someone to blame this on the US and not the evil bastards who actually did it. That is actually surprising; I figured it would be the first post blaming bush for burning this boy.
I don't venture into the politics boards here much, but I saw this and its damn appalling... but then again, I think as an American, I just don’t get some of the things done in other countries. I’ve heard of the ritual genital mutilation, or the honor killings, or the education of young men to hate others. (when I was in school, no one said kill the Muslims.) I think as an American, I need to look at this report as sad, messed up, horrible, and pray for this boy and his family... but I also need to realize that many Americans and others would use this as a way to spread discontent and negativity with the US involvement in Iraq.
I get the argument that war is hell and our own guys commit crimes sometimes... but lets think about this story honestly and not use it as a way to drum up support for your cause...
Thanks to the military guys commenting here for your service to our nation.
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It just bothers me to no end that it is believed that Americans or I should say American soldiers are NOT capable of such heinous acts in Iraq.
I admited that it happens... 1000 times over is kind of an unqualified statement... but it sure does happen. and its wrong... but its not like GW or Cheny or an American Soldier had anything whatso ever, even undirectly to do with this and its sad that the real problem isnt what people see. There are awful people out there, and someone or some nation should do something about them before it gets worse.
It takes a sick person to blame this on the US.
The US government is responsible for the war. Thus by extension, they are responsible for the suffering and violence going on there.
No aid organizations have taken up Youssif's cause at this point. CNN and CNN.com will keep you updated if this changes.
Hope somebody does something to help this child. He's going to need a lot of reconstructive surgery and lifelong medical attention most likely.
Right...it's not like Saddam was torturing children to extract information from their parents.
I was waiting for someone to say this. I was going to, but refrained. No country is perfect. The American occupation is not making it any better unfortunately.
People probably are mistaking the "Help Youssif" cause for a self-help program.
The problems going on there now are far worse than the problems from Saddam's regime. Just ask the Iraqi people. They want the troops out. Never wanted them there in the first place. There was no need to forge a war on and destroy an entire country to capture a single man.
It makes me laugh when people say things like "the Iraqi people want...." Almost as much as when American politicians say "the american people want to know about..." when waging a political debate.
Have you personally talked to Iraqis about this?
No but several soldiers I've known have. Not to mention media outlets who have recorded Iraqi's comments. Are you going to tell me that you have had your head in the sand for the past several years? Do you really believe that the Iraqi people want this?
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What...are you serious, if we had not invaded and occuppied Iraq over half a million Iraqi people would be still alive TODAY! You think every time we drop a bomb it kills only the so called enemy, innocent bystanders like alittle boy like this gets killed. We must wonder why there appears to be an endless supply of freedom fighters.
Think for a moment...imagine the US invaded occupied, your resources taken no water, electricity your family destroyed upon suspicion of being the enemy. Would you sit by and do nothing and that same invasion would be traced right back to whomever ordered such invasion? "The Decider"
I don't have my head in the sand, and I don't believe that the Iraqi people want this. I'm sure that there are some people in Iraq (especially Shi'a) who were happy that we took out Saddam, but many who were fine with what was going on.
From what I've hear (via the media), most people in the areas with the violence and the refugees want us out, but at the same time want to be safe. I'm not sure how safety would be accomplished on their own. But through the same media, I've heard accounts from Iraqis who aren't thrilled with the occupation, but are better off than with Saddam.
I just thought that the blanket statement that you made was off-base like when one political party in this country says they are doing what the american people want... Iraq, like all countries are made up of individuals.
War kills people and if it happened here people would be killed... who disputes this? You want to prevert this boys disfigurment into an anit-war thing, go for it, but it lacks substance. I dont know why peace-mongers feel the need to cling onto stories like this one as proof the US is "bad" when there are far more solid and tangible things out there.
I think we should be in Africa stopping genocide, but the peacemongers dont really support that, they only support stopping George Bush... which helps show their true colors.
No kidding. Who can read a story like that and still have the stomach to turn it into a political debate? Unbelievable.
taking responsibility for the results after Shock and Awe and five years of violence and occupations is not a political debate.