Wednesday, September 15, 2004

A Child with a Face and a Name 

From the S.F. Chronicle, "Operation Lion Heart," a harrowing three-part series about Saleh Khalaf, a nine-year-old Iraqi boy who lost both hands, one eye, and an older brother when he picked up an American cluster bomb in October of last year. Saleh's life was saved by an extraordinary combination of individual generosity and advanced technology when an overmatched Air Force surgeon arranged, via internet, to have him flown to Oakland Children's Hospital. He and his father remain in the Bay Area; back home in Bada'a, the rest of the family has been forced into hiding after receiving threats from Iraqi militants who accused them of collaborating with the Americans.

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UPDATE: Before you ask, Saleh is not Ali Abbas, the 12-year-old who lost both hands and his entire family to a missile strike during the invasion. Media coverage of the war was generally disgraceful, but the likely nadir came when resident imbecile Kyra Phillips of CNN asked Ali's surgeon: "Doctor, does he understand why this war took place? Has he talked about Operation Iraqi Freedom and the meaning? Does he understand it?"

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