The Children In Connecticut; Not In Iraq

Coditions for Iraqi children worsen sharply in recent years as their humanitarian plight has fallen largely into neglect for focus on Iraq is not on the lives of Iraqis living day in, day out, with deprivation, with lack of food, with lack of medical supplies.
No! It is to give the occupation military a paycheck!
No! It is to give the puppet government a paycheck
No! It is to allow the puppet government to fly out of the country, and stay out, whenever they desire.
No! It is to allow the criminals in Washington, Democrat and Republican, who voted, and continue to vote for this genocide of a people, to survive in office.



To The Americans Who Are Questioning The Death Of The Children In Connecticut

“Madeline Albright; the former Secretary of State said, “killing of half a million children in Iraq was justified”. May we ask H O W?


by Nesreen Melek


Note for WoP readers: The forth coming piece of opinion from Nesreen Melek reminds me of the time when any of us sometime in his/her life, some time per force but more so out of one’s own choice has to live in a foreign land, you mostly have the pain, the anguish and the yearning for your homeland.

One may live for generations in a foreign land yet in spite of having one’s life in luxury, you remain foreign in a foreign land. Why, because the inborn love you have for your home, your mohalla, your street and above all your country haunts you where ever you go, wherever you stay, wherever you live.

I myself having lived for so many years out of Pakistan, though had all the worldly facilities, good salary, good perks and all that’s associated with developed countries highly advanced social living, still had always the same pain, same anguish same yearning for my dear homeland. I therefore can feel the feelings of a lady like Nesreen Melek who has so artfully depicted her’s in this piece.

Nesreen is an Iraqi woman, a mother and a poet. She lives in Canada but with an abiding love and devotion to her homeland, Iraq.

In Axis of Logic blog Nesreen is described in following words:-

It is very easy for us to become caught up in our busy-ness, working to end a war in a land we have never seen. Nesreen brings us back to the realities of why we protest, organize, write and publish.

When we begin thinking of war as some sort of drama being acted out in a land we have never seen, Nesreen reminds us of the children, mothers and fathers. She reminds us of the terrible details of what the U.S. has wrought in the war on the people of Iraq … the lost child trying to find a familiar face, the shocked mother, staggering aimlessly down a cratered street … the father, staring in disbelief at the body of his child in the back of a pickup truck, the poisoning of Iraqi soil with depleted uranium, the massive destruction on Iraq’s infrastructure and economy.

Living in faraway lands, one can feel the feelings of the writer for her dreamland called Iraq, yearning for her country, a country which was first occupied by Saddam Hussain’s brutal dictatorship and then invaded twice  by the Neoconic cabal under Bush the junior that ruled United States from 2001-2009.
And here now what Nesreen writes… [Nayyar]


I was truly touched by the tears your president shed during his speech because of the killing the twenty beautiful children and the six remarkable adults as he called them. He reminded me of the tears I shed watching my country ruined by the shock and awe bombing during the last war on Iraq almost ten years ago.You gathered to mourn the death of those kids but when the war was launched, my sister who lived in the states that time and I cried alone as our family members were still in Iraq and we didn’t know what happened to them. The American missiles didn’t differentiate between children and adults during the war, all Iraqis were exposed to death all days long.


No one offered us condolences for the loss of our country, our dreams and our hopes for good days to come. We were alone with our grief; the whole world watched the continuous bombing in silence.

Some people protested but their voices weren’t heard. The leaders of the Middle East watched their brothers and sisters killed, your military bases were on their lands yet they did nothing to stop you from the war.

Your President called the kids who were killed at the school by names. Our children who were killed by the American bombs had no names. I remember a picture of bodies of small kids covered with blood and piled on the back of a truck, those kids were killed during the bombing of a small city in Iraq. No apologies where given to their parents or to the Iraqis for taking the lives of these kids… there were no teddy bears and no candles..

Do you know Abeer? Abeer is the Iraqi kid who was fifteen when she was raped in front of her family members by the American soldiers. The soldiers burnt the house to hide their atrocities. How many of the American people know the story of Abeer? .

The depleted uranium your troops used in Fallujah caused higher rates of cancer, leukemia and infant mortality? Young women in Fallujah in Iraq are terrified of having children because of the increasing number of babies being born deformed, with no heads, two heads, and a single eye in the foreheads or missing limbs. Do you know that young children in Fallujah are now experiencing cancers and leukemia?

We had endless shooting across my country by the American troops during the war and even after Iraq surrendered, many of your soldiers kept shooting at the civilians they thought were a threat. My relative’s wife was shot by your soldier in a checkpoint when her husband didn’t hear the soldier asking him to stop. The cause of the violence in Iraq wasn’t complex as you concluded for your country. The cause was the brutality of the American troops.

Yet, in Iraq we don’t hear someone walks in a shopping center or in a school and start shooting people. But we heard that innocent people were killed by your troops, I wonder why?

As your president said in Connecticut a few days ago: “Let the little children come to me” Jesus said, “and do not hinder them, for to such belongs to kingdom of heaven”

For the Iraqi children who are alive after experiencing the war, they will watch the news and will feel for your children. Those who died and no one acknowledged their death they will belong to kingdom of heaven like the American children who lost their lives during the shooting and they will be one. Children are children and they deserve to be given the opportunity to live whether they are Iraqis or American.

One man took the life of the twenty beautiful children and the six remarkable adults, but your government took the life of thousands of beautiful children and remarkable adults in Iraq during the ugly war on Iraq.

Why does the death of the twenty children affect you so much when the death of the thousands (more than 1.5 million slaughtered) of the Iraqi children was ignored?

Your loss is big but our loss is greater..

Nesreen Melek has been living in Canada since 1989. She left Baghdad in 1979 but Baghdad never left her. Email:

Related Posts: 

1. Connecticut school shooting: America gets a taste of its own medicine 2.  In the US, mass child killings are tragedies. In Pakistan, mere bug splats 3. Agenda Driven News
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