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States of Terrorism III

| Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006

My reaction to the front page of the Trib on Aug. 21 was that it almost was obscene.

The photo of two young Lebanese boys enjoying fishing at the beach at Tyre ("Fishing for normalcy") was obviously meant to spin the impression that life had returned to normalcy, especially for children, in Lebanon.

Children throughout the Middle East have been in jeopardy for a long time. Israeli forces have arrested around 4,000 Palestinian children since the beginning of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000. Israel's current collective punishment attacks (including sonic booms) against Gaza civilians are causing children to have panic attacks, sleep disturbances, bed-wetting, etc.

At Qana, Lebanon, on July 31, according to the AP, 15 children under age 12 were killed by an Israeli Defense Forces air attack. This precision guided missile was manufactured in the United States, as proven by a fragment upon which was written "For use on MK-84 Guided Bomb BSU-37-B."

Yes, the IDF have "turned back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years."

No, the photo of two Lebanese boys enjoying fishing is most assuredly not typical of today's children in Lebanon nor anywhere else in the Middle East!

Robert L. Ackerman New Alexandria

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