Banning the Targeting of Women & Children during Wars March 05, 2008 5:33 PM
80 million innocent women and children were killed in wars last century. Civilians, once considered the innocent bystanders of wars, have become the prime targets. A graph of the escalating number of civilian casualties last century reveals the unbelievable extent of this heinous crime against humanity. In World War 1 just 6% of casualties were civilians, in World War 2, 66% were civilians and during the Vietnam War 80% were civilians. If we do nothing to stop the targeting of women & children in wars, it is expected that more than 120 million will be killed this century in conflicts.
If one government targets the women & children of their enemies, they can only expect the women & children living in their cities to become the legitimate targets of those enemies, utilising any means available to them. This of course triggers an ever escalating circle of reprisals & hatreds that leaves the innocent women & children on both sides of the divide, targets.
The intentional killing of a single innocent child is the cowardice act of a weak man. The planned butchering of tens of thousands of women & children in the name of political, social or religious reform is a heinous crime against all humanity and every god of every religion. History should not and will not allow us to sit on the fence. We must each decide whether we support those who can somehow justify the slaughter of innocent women & children, or we must be vehemently opposed to them.
If you do not want your children, grandchildren or in fact any of the children of the world to become the targets of wars this century you must speak up now, by taking the time to sign the global petition (www.charitytuesday.org) calling upon all governments, religious & rebel leaders to once again recognize & respect the sanctity and innocence of all the women & children of the world, irrespective of their religion or country of birth, by immediately placing a global ban on the targeting of innocent women & children in times of conflicts & wars.
If with your support we save the life of one child, our petition will have been successful. If we save the lives of thousand of children it will mark a turning point for all humanity. If we are successful in saving the lives of millions of children this petition will redefine us as a species.
Please take the time to help restore humankinds, humanity.
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