Friday, March 28, 2003

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?™: Associated Press reporter Naomi Koppel writes:

GENEVA (AP)—More than half a million traumatized Iraqi children could need psychological counseling by the time the war ends, the U.N. Children's Fund representative in Iraq said Friday.

"There are 5.7 million primary school age children in Iraq, and we estimate that a minimum of 10 percent of those would need support," said Carel de Rooy. He cited the case of an Iraqi colleague, whose 9-year-old son became hysterical and had to be sedated after a missile fell close to their home.

Missing from this report was a statistic describing the estimated number of Iraqi children who would likely be traumatized by an emboldened Saddam being allowed to continue his reign of terror for another twenty years by a complacent United Nations bureacracy — or, for that matter, the estimated number of Iraqi adults who would opt to for the comforting familiarity of the status quo over the trauma of liberation and freedom.


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