06 June 2007

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

I saw this photo on the BBC as one of the recent photos of the week and knew I had to post a link to it. Why not just put the photo in the post? Two reasons - I don't pay taxes in the UK, so I don't feel right borrowing any of the BBC's bandwidth. Also, the photo was originally taken by the AP and is most likely copyrighted. So you'll have to go to one of the links above to see it. The first goes to the page with just the photo while the second goes to the relevant photos of the week where it is #8 of 10.

I will describe the photo though. A male Iraqi civilian residing in Sadr City is shown holding both a "stun grenade and shotgun shell after joint US-Iraqi raids on area." What struck me though wasn't the man, whose face is out of the frame, but the young boy in the background. He is only a child, but the look on his face is haunting. It is one of terror and fear. His eyes are big and scared. It isn't just the natural shyness that some young children have that caused this. This boy has the face of a scared child living in the midst of war and civil unrest. He doesn't look much past six and I doubt he has any memories predating the U. S. invasion of his country. That Connecticut Yankee born former Governor of Texas who is currently living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC should have to look at this picture, specifically at the face of that boy several times daily until peace returns to Iraq.

That's my 0.02USD, your exchange rate may vary.


A Prayer For Peace

Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquility your dominion may increase until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, 258)
added 7 June 2007 ~ tip of the hat to David+

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Blogger Rev. CMOT TMPV said...

Like Shrub actually cares about a human life. He just won't care about the kid -- like anything else.


Blogger Catherine + said...

It makes me want to enfold the child in my arms and beg forgiveness, but we have intruded into his life and world far too much for me to do so. I will pray that God forgives our country for its wrongs toward these people.


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