Seven Children Dead; WAPO Salivates

Everyone knows the damn game! The problem is that many people in the media (and in a certain political party) really don’t care. And so we get stories with headlines like this:

U.S.-Led Airstrike Kills 7 Children in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 18 -- U.S.-led coalition forces killed seven children in an airstrike against a suspected al-Qaeda hideout in Afghanistan on Sunday, adding to a civilian death toll that has become an increasing source of tension between the coalition and the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The airstrike in the eastern Afghanistan province of Paktika also killed several insurgents, the coalition said in a statement, and was carried out after security forces confirmed "nefarious activity" at the site, which included a mosque and a madrassa, or religious school.

Notice how they switched the main point and the sub-point to fit their ideological bent. It’s not, US forces killed several terrorists in an airstrike, it’s US forces killed seven children. Only in passing do they mention that oh yeah, it “also killed several insurgents”.

The targets were the insurgents. They were hit. The children happened to get killed only because these people use civilian areas to conduct operational planning and launch attacks. That’s the fuckin’ story!

And It’s not like the media cares about children dying or Americans dying for that matter. More people have been murdered in California alone during the war in Iraq than actual soldiers have been killed on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But we don’t hear about that because there is no agenda to be pushed. But if you can get a nice anti-military headline... then the “outrage” shows up.