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August 30, 2014 / Fantelius

Sparkle Dies, Puppets Wiggle

Her father called her Sparkle. Grandma claimed her beauty could crack a stone. The judgement of a grandma can be subjective, but Sparkle was undoubtedly a happy and healthy four-year-old who left a trail of smiles on the faces of the people she bounced by.

Sparkle is dead, dead as the rag doll by her side under the rubble of what had been her home. The hell fire from drone-launched missiles doesn’t discriminate between between walls, dolls or kids. Or grandmas.

Sparkle wasn’t murdered alone. Happiness, smiles and love were slaughtered with her. The void was instantly filled with grief, rage and hate.

These massacres are repeated week after week in remote villages from Pakistan to Sudan. They are almost always sandwich attacks. Minutes after the initial slaughter, new hellfire missiles explode among those who rush to the sceen to help possible survivors.

You won’t see the crushed body of Sparkle on your TV-screen or in your newspaper. How could you? There’s no room for such insignificant innocents among the giant puppets wearing human-like smiles. You won’t see the fear that Sparkle’s terrorized playmates will grow up with either. Or the hate. The puppets must have their space to wiggle their limbs and speak of freedom.


(This Saturday rerun was published 2 years ago. Since then Sparkle and her grandma have been joined by thousands of our children, grandparents, brothers and sisters, our relatives in the family of humanity. The people who killed and are killing our relatives are the same people who tell us what’s right and wrong, who are the good guys and who are the bad. They tell us and tell us. Not a single word they say sparkles.)




“Most of what happens doesn’t get into the news,
and most of what does get into the news
hides what is happening.”
Dartwill Aquila


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  1. sans palinurus / Aug 30 2014 9:14 am

    Fantelius, I quote from a NYU/Stanford report on the effects of Hellfire missiles with a blast radius of up to 20 metres.
    “The missiles fired from drones kill or injure in several ways, including through incineration, shrapnel, and the release of powerful blast waves capable of crushing internal organs. Those who do survive drone strikes often suffer disfiguring burns and shrapnel wounds, limb amputations, as well as vision and hearing loss.”
    Ergo, anyone within a 40 metre circle could be killed or severely injured.
    This can not be defined as precision targeting, despite proponents claims.
    International law and the Geneva conventions on warfare are being shredded before our eyes by the major powers, particularly the U.S., Israel and the U.K.
    I despair, I weep, I protest, to what avail?

    • Fantelius / Aug 30 2014 9:41 am

      Thanks for giving a more detailed explanation of the hellfire missile. I might add that each one costs about $50 000. That’s a lot of money to kill a couple of kids and a grandma or two. The military hitmen are well paid.

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