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More than a week ago, Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old from Wisconsin, escaped her 21-year-old abductor who had killed her parents. When she turned up 66 miles from home, having been missing for almost three months, her relatives, her small town, and even the police celebrated. Her return from a horrific experience, especially for a child, became a riveting national news story for days on end.

I caught a report on Closs at NBC Nightly News just after I first read today’s piece by TomDispatch regular Karen Greenberg about what might be thought of as the global war on children (from the U.S.-Mexico border to Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and beyond). In reality, there’s a world of Jayme Closses out there and for most of them, unfortunately, no small towns are preparing to celebrate their freedom from a hell on Earth. Across this planet, children are essentially being abducted or worse in staggering numbers. In Yemen, they’re being starved to death by the tens of thousands. Across the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa, as Greenberg reports today, they’re being armed, sent into wars, killed in those wars, or displaced from their homes by them — and often sent fleeing across international borders. On significant parts of the planet, as Greenberg has pointed out before at this website, children are being deprived of their rightful futures in a host of ways. The cruelty toward, and mistreatment of, the young in this world should take our breath away. Unfortunately, while Americans may focus on an occasional Jayme Closs, the general abuse and misuse of children doesn’t hold a candle to the president’s tweets or his fantasy of a Great Wall. And that’s worse than too bad, as Greenberg suggests today.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
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  1. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    I repeat: why does Mr. Engelhardt enjoy the privilege of having these introductions published separately from the article of the, as he vainly reminds us, “TomDispatch regular”? Ms. Greenberg’s article is here separately, where it has already received a comment; so we have commenters literally talking past each other, diminishing one of the best aspects of TUR.

    Assuming (very) hypothetically that TomDispatch or its parent The Nation wanted to amplify a TUR article written by, say, Linh Dinh or C. J. Hopkins, it’s hard to imagine Mr. Unz requesting, much less receiving, such an annoying little soapbox.

  2. ariadna says:

    Odd that Karen Greenberg, all verklempt about the cruel fate of children worldwide misses one of the most heart-breaking groups — the Palestinian children killed, imprisoned and starved by the Israelis. Equally odd that Tom Engelhardt’s useless introduction/summary of Greenberg’s article misses her miss.

  3. To ensure that they did not die in vain, let us take these dead children and build a wall. We will cement them together with the huge surplus of crocodile tears.

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