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Monday, August 13, 2007

On Children: Note Two

posted by on August 13 at 14:59 PM

For this image:
Pictures%2028%20may%2005%20006-1.jpg A soldier named Lance Frizzell offered these words:

Here’s one of our guys showing pictures of his children to some Iraqi kids. The first question Iraqi chidren ask us when we are out and about is “do you have any children?” followed by “do you have pictures?” I don’t know if there is cultural background to the question (aside from being polite) but it is striking. And they love to see the pictures.
It’s pretty cute.

What is wrong with this? What Frizzell thinks is part of the “cultural background” of Iraqi children is really a defining part of children in general. What is it that all kids want to see? Always, other kids. They want to see the kids next door, the kids in your pocket, the kids on the TV. Kids do not want to see grownups, which is why all of the moral talk about spending more time with kids is simply empty. Kids do not want to spend any more time than they need to with those who are not just like them. Adults are an interruption, a break in their little worlds.

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do your children not want to spend time with you chaz?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | August 13, 2007 3:22 PM

Charles, a few days ago you slog a cogent, lucid piece on the complicity of leaders in war crimes, and then we get this wild delusion.

Posted by lostboy | August 13, 2007 6:57 PM

Do you--seriously--do you post this shit to exercise your vocabulary? Just because you can precisely articulate an idea does not mean it's an idea with any merit.

Posted by Cate | August 14, 2007 1:16 AM

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