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  •  Trying to give your understanding the benefit (2+ / 0-)
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    of the doubt I realize that we have completely different ideas of what "intentionally targeting children" means.

    My experience leads me to understand the phrase to mean a) intentionally, that is, a state of mind arrived at in the cool of reflection and not in the heat of a life threatening moment; and b) targeting children, that is, selecting them for death because they are children and not because they are persons engaging in activity that may result in the imminent death of oneself or those one is duty bound to protect.

    If your understanding of the phrase derives from any notion that average soldiers cooly decide to kill children simply for digging by the side of the road, without context, you have every right to be disgusted, but you're also totally failing to grasp the reality and complexity of the situation.

    “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

    by DaNang65 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 11:10:14 AM PST

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      Instead of "intentionally" I should have said "knowingly".

       But I stick with "targeting", not because it means "because they are children", but despite the fact they are children.

      ¡Cállate o despertarás la izquierda! - protest sign in Spain

      by gjohnsit on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:08:56 PM PST

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      •  "targeting" is still misleading (0+ / 0-)

        For the reason DaNang65 gave you. "Targeting children" at bare minimum carries the connotation that children are the preferred target.

        Again, there is no information in either article to say the US soldiers knew ages of the people seen digging that hole on night vision. Indeed, how could they?

        Child soldiers are a tragedy but they are hardly a fiction and they are hardly limited to Afghanistan.

        At any rate, since this is entirely tangential to the point you aimed at with this diary, is it not obvious how a less accusatory title might have launched the diary on surer footing?

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