I believe there to be nothing so abhorrent as the killing of children. Across the world today, there are numerous groups, state-led and otherwise, who care nothing for the lives of the young.
Whether it is Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Myanmar, Palestine or any of the other multitude of conflict zones, children are always forced to suffer.
Nor do such attacks upon the most vulnerable among our species end there, during war.
In so-called ‘civilized’ societies, children are the forgotten victims of governmental and social failures. In the UK, for example, repeated governments have always found sufficient funds to pay for missile systems and nuclear submarines, yet they have difficulty ensuring that every child has food and clothes, shelter and security.
The US is no different. The ‘defense’ budget, which involves increased military spending so that more countries can be bombed and invaded, has expanded exponentially whilst US children lack medical care and the opportunity for a good education free from harm. US children are among the most disadvantaged in the ‘developed’ world, yet the US military continues to grow.
Bees protect the young of the hive. Ants will die to protect the young of the nest. Yet, Homo Sapiens actively create the conditions whereby the young of the species suffer needlessly and die horribly. Others must live lives of deprivation where even hope is beyond their weakening grasp. We are, in general, a very sick and self-destructive species.
Until such times as humanity realizes that our children are more important than their parents, or any parents, then we will be doomed to exist within a vicious circle of perpetual violence.
Happy children become happy adults. Happy adults build happy societies.
Today, we are trapped in a cycle of negative consequence. Until such times as our species begins to focus upon creating ‘Childcentric‘ communities, we will continue to witness the images of small broken corpses that have been smashed by Israeli shells, or tiny, starved and emaciated bodies that have been denied nutrients by Saudi aggression, or little limbs that lie scattered across the streets of Syria due to the interference of imperialist entities who care only about power and profit.
Look for the children. Look after the children. Look to the children. Look at the future that we are making for them.