During WWII, thousands of civilians were killed, both hostile and friendly. Do you believe that we shouldn’t have opposed the Nazi Regime and other Axis powers because of the civilian losses incurred?
The loss of innocent life is always regretable, always. But if the war is just, then we must press on, despite the unfortunate civilian losses. I realize you don’t think the Second Gulf War was just (even I have my doubts sometimes), but do you honestly believe the war was created to gratify President Bush’s ego? Do you think he celebrates the death of those children and other innocents?[/quote]
I wouldn’t go so far as to say he celebrates a child’s death as in he is part of some satanic death cult.
But it seems to me that (political) leaders are often indifferent to the suffering of others, or at least, even if they are, on a personal level, compassionate individuals, as [insert position of X country] they accept death and loss (of others) as politically acceptable/necessary/expedient which brings me back to indifference.