We've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. And each time I learn the news, I react not as a president, but as anybody else would as a parent. And that was especially true today.Revolutionary thought of the day:
I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do. The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful, little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.
-- President Barack Obama, after a man opened fire in a Connecticut school, killing 27 people, including 20 children
Children in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gaza, and every place in the world are also beautiful.
They also have their entire lives ahead of them. They also deserve to see birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.
What happened in Connecticut, like every mass murder, is an abomination.
What happens from the US's drone warfare is no less an abomination.
I don't doubt that Obama's tears are real. We all felt that horror.
But the US military, headed by that same Barack Obama, says children are legitimate targets.