A child's life is also precious in Iraq

Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 11:42 p.m.
Recently, President Bush, after a silence during his working vacation, came out to offer his initial aid package of $15 million (later, under criticism, upped to $350 million) to tsunami victims in Asia.
When he referred to the tragedy, he said how heartsick he felt that so many of the victims were children. For children to die under any circumstances also makes me heartsick.
The estimated deaths of children in the tsunami tragedy parallels that of the estimated deaths of children caused by the war in Iraq.
Are their lives any less precious? A child smothered by a wall of water or a child obliterated by a fiery bomb is no less dead. Why does one get counted as a tragedy and the other gets discounted as collateral damage?
In the aftermath of these two tragedies of humanity, one of nature and one of man, we will inaugurate our president for a second term. President Bush and his elite invited guests are having a party. You weren't invited?
Here is the recap in advance: President Bush will laugh, shake hands and dance the two-step, all while spending an estimated $40 million. As for the smallest tragedy victims of the world, "Let them eat cake."
When President Bush said that life was precious, to whose life was he referring? I guess I never heard the qualifier.
Donna Tuckey, Gainesville

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