War affects children, too

Published: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 11:35 p.m.

Having been blessed with a new grandchild, we have become increasingly conscious of what the future may hold for all the children who would be affected if we wage war on Iraq, a war that need not and should not happen.

The Bush administration has given little thought to the short- or long-term consequences such a war would have on the children caught up in its path and aftermath. Even now, many American children must suffer separation from parents called up to serve as war preparations gear up, and thousands of Iraqi children face the possibility of being killed, maimed, orphaned or left homeless by such a conflagration.

In the wake of the war, our children would live in an atmosphere where terrorism would flourish rather than be diminished and in an environment degraded by bombing abroad and neglect at home. If this were not enough, war would gobble up financial resources urgently needed for our children's education, social services and health care.

Any way you look at it, war would be a losing proposition for our children's future, and we need to wake up our elected officials to this fact.

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