This photograph from The Peoples Voice shows Palestinian children huddling in terror while their house is invaded by the yelling IDF (the Israeli Defence Forces). These children, under brutal occupation, know nothing but constant fear and it shows on their faces.
Of course, this could be a scene anywhere in Iraq as the American Defence Forces carry out continual house-to-house searches. Have you ever looked closely at one of their raids on television, noticed the way the marines are dressed: their helmets, their dark glasses, their hulking bodies, their heavy boots. They are frightening, like monsters out of Star Wars, intentionally so.
Children all over the world experience similar fears: in Africa, in Russia, in Indonesia, in Thailand, etc. It is even beginning to happen now in Britain and Australia and America as right-wing governments adopt more extreme measures (as an activist, I have on more than one occasion fearfully looked out into the darkness and wondered just when I'll hear the sound of running boots on the lawn and my front door being smashed in).
Fear is a terrible thing, especially for children. It causes extreme anxiousness and stress, poor sleep, and it cultivates hatred for those causing the fear, a debilitating hatred that stays forever.
No child should have to live in fear, especially fear generated by the deliberate brutality of those who take from the weak then, wrapping themselves in flags, deceitfully claim to occupy the moral high ground.
It is unconscionable.