Banning the Targeting of Women & Children in Wars March 08, 2008 8:20 AM
80 million innocent women and children were killed in wars last century. Civilians, once considered the innocent bystanders of wars, have inconceivably 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 more than 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 we were to place their coffins side by side they would sadly circle the planet twice.
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Children are not patriots or religious zealots, they are just kids whom we have at all times been entrusted to protect, not murder.
Future generations will not accept ignorance, indifference or indecision as a legitimate defense for inaction by any individual or leader of our generation for not utilizing every means available to put an end to what can only be described as the wholesale slaughter of innocent women & children. Just as our generation harshly condemns those Germans who knew of the heinous crimes against humanity being committed by the Nazis with respect the Jews in World War II, but did nothing, so will future generations just us.
You must choose a side. You cannot sit idly on the fence regards what will surely come to be known as the most heinous crime ever committed against humanity, of an unprecedented scale, to its youngest and most defenseless members.
You either support the killing of women & children in wars or you are vehemently opposed to it. There is no middle ground to be found, except by those who continually try to justify the unjustifiable.
Ensure your children & grandchildren will never have to defend your inaction regards this crime against humanity. Make your position clear, by signing the petition, calling for the immediate Banning of the Targeting of Women & Children in Wars at www.charitytuesday.org and join the world wide peoples protest by simply wearing a white shirt or top every Tuesday until this inhumanity has been stopped.