Killing kids a crime whatever the reason

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That evening, the journalists who cover the White House and the US President failed to accept their responsibilities. Instead of promptly questioning the US president about the killing, they partied with the Hollywood stars that were also attending the dinner.

Killing three young children was sadly no news to them.

TV networks, such as CNN, which devoted days to reporting a rape case in Libya a month ago, have also showed little interest in digging into the children's deaths.

On the contrary, they broadcast the wild celebrations by Libyan rebels when they heard the news.

The headlines on the Washington Post and New York Times websites mentioned only the killing of Gadhafi's son, not his three grandchildren. The message seems to be: It is a crime for others to assassinate and kill children, but it is perfectly acceptable when it comes to the US and NATO.

Nevertheless, comments left by readers were mostly condemnation.

There is no doubt that both the US and NATO still believe that military operations are great solutions to some of the world's problems. However, what has happened in Iraq and Afghanistan has proved they are wrong. Victory cannot be won by relying on military force. The drone attacks that have been expanded under Obama are triggering more anti-US sentiments in that part of the world.

Eliminating someone is a relatively easy task for the mighty US military, but wiping out the influence of that person's ideology and spirit is a far tougher job than it seems.

Both Obama and NATO should condemn the killing of the three children, even if their last name was Gadhafi. That is the only way not to lose more hearts and minds.


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