Sunday, April 17, 2005

Death of an activist

I had mixed feelings about the latest news regarding the death of a young woman in a car bomb attack who was attempting to help the innocent victims of the Iraq conflict.

here's an excerpt:

Marla Ruzicka, founder of Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, died Saturday in the blast, which also killed an Iraqi and another foreigner, officials said. She had been in Iraq conducting door-to-door surveys trying to determine the number of civilian casualties in the country.
A skinny, ever-smiling woman with curly blond tresses, Ruzicka was untiring and undaunted as she went up against military and political bureaucracies in her effort to win help for Iraqi civilian victims of the war, and to make sure those who died were not forgotten.
"Everyone who met Marla was struck by her incredible effervescence and commitment," Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. "She was courageous and relentless in pursuit of accurate information about civilians caught up in war."

I would say it is pretty clear what she was intending to show how the American efforts in Iraq were doing more harm than good. Why else would she feel the need to find out how many iraqis have died in the conflict? If one was driven to find out how many people died under Saddam Hussein, which totals somewhere around a million or so, I would feel inclined to wonder. Would I sacrifice ten or twenty thousand Americans in a war to rid myself of a mass murderer responsible for the deaths of a million? you bet.

The kind of people that killed this woman are the kind of people she denied existed. What a terrible price to pay for naivete...


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