Quit targeting us, or I’ll cripple this child.
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan has announced a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region, according to a statement by the Taliban. “Polio drops will be banned in North Waziristan until the drones strikes are stopped … Almost every resident of North Waziristan has become a mental patient because of the drone strikes, which are worse than polio … On one hand, the U.S. spends millions of dollars to eliminate polio, while on the other hand it kills hundreds with the help of its slave, Pakistan.”
One way of assessing the relative morality of military forces:
do they endeavor to protect the innocent, or do they use them as shields?
Gee, I wonder which would be the better outcome for these children?
• The US quits targeting the Taliban.
• The Taliban quits slaughtering innocent people and subjugating the survivors.
(What? Yeah, I know this is old-hat and a point bordering on banality; but it’s still an important one to make from time to time, if one is at all interested in the distinction between barbarity and civilization.)