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‘Children Are Safer In Kabul Than In NYC’

Apparently, there are still some claims that even Reuters will balk at:

Children safer in Afghan cities than NYC: NATO envoy

By Jonathon Burch 
November 22, 2010

KABUL (Reuters) – Children are probably safer growing up in Afghanistan’s major cities, including the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, than in London, New York, or Glasgow, NATO’s top civilian envoy to Afghanistan has said.

What an excellent choice for a civilian envoy.

Mark Sedwill’s comments were made during an interview to be aired on Monday on Children’s BBC Newsround, a popular British daily current affairs program aimed at children.

Children living in the Afghan capital Kabul had told the show’s presenter they felt unsafe on the streets because of the risk of bombs. But Sedwill dismissed their fears.

After all, what would the kids who are actually living in Kabul know?

"Here and in Kabul and the other big cities, actually, there are very few of those bombs," he said.

"The children are probably safer here than they would be in London, New York or Glasgow or many other cities," he said, according to comments released by CBBC before the show was aired.

"It’s a very family-orientated society, so it is a little bit like a city of villages," he said.

Come to think of it, it’s probably a good idea to start selling British children on the advantages of living under Sharia law as soon as possible.

His remarks, which will feature in a two-part series exploring the lives of children in Afghanistan, were rejected as misleading by an official from the aid group Save the Children.

"One in five children die before they get to the age of five. So to say it’s safer to live in London, New York or Glasgow is daft," said the representative from Save the Children, who requested anonymity so he could speak freely.

"Sedwill’s overall message that life is village-like gives a sense of comfort or of a safe environment. It is not like that in Afghanistan, it is dangerous for children, it’s an insecure place," he said…

Besides, if we start thinking that way, we might stop sending Save The Children money and other ‘aid groups.’

U.N. figures show Afghan children are often the victims of a worsening conflict, with 1,795 children killed or injured as a result of the war from September 2008 through August 2010.

Violence across Afghanistan is at its worst since the Taliban were overthrown by U.S.-backed Afghan forces in late 2001, with civilian and military casualties at record levels.

In other words, the US is to blame for the dangers children face in Afghanistan.

After all, the Taliban would never harm kids. Unless they try to go to school, or watch soccer, or listen to music, or wear shorts. Or unless they have recruited them to do a suicide bombing.

In fact, the Afghanis are almost as protective of their children as they are of their women.

A report from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in November 2009 said Afghanistan was the most dangerous country to be born in. It has the highest infant mortality rate in the world and two-thirds of the population lacks access to clean water

Come on. You wouldn’t expect "NATO’s top civilian envoy to Afghanistan" to know such arcane details, would you?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “‘Children Are Safer In Kabul Than In NYC’”

  1. Right of the People says:

    I looked this jack wagon up online and discovered his masters is in philosophy which of course immediately qualifies him for his present position. While he is philosophising the kids in Afghanistan are dying. Another typical liberal English twit.

    If he thinks it’s so safe in that stone-aged country he should move his family there from England for their safety since apparently the English cities are too dangerous.

  2. proreason says:

    I want to see a breakdown by neighborhoods in NYC…..with political control annotated, and the race of the controlling leader.

  3. beautyofreason says:

    Ugh….what an idiot.

    Yes, children are safer in Kabul than in Times Square. Of course, that’s if you don’t count malnutrition, illiteracy, suicide bombings, amputation of limbs, child rape (especially for little girls), superstition about the polio vaccine, opium markets, and Islamic barbarism.

  4. jdub says:

    for what its worth, afghani is how you refer to the currency of afghanistan not the people; that would be afghans.

  5. AcornsRNutz says:

    I am fully tired of this tripe being spouted all the time by people who don’t know their ass from a hat and prove it daily. If you are safer in Afghanistan, send your kids there Mr. Sedwill. This is just like Sean Penn’s fact finding in Iraq. Not surprisingly the esteemed Mr. Penn still resides in the United States.

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