The Costs of War
The images have appeared on several blogs adjacent to images of dead Lebanese children whom the bloggers portray as the recipients sof the girls' messages. The blogs I have seen are irresponsibly inflamatory. You can find links to some of them as well as a set of initially anguished but increasingly vituperative and unfocused reactions at The Guardian Unlimited which also offers a plausible account of why we might imagine the girls as innocent rather than as hateful.
What is horrifying is that there are parents who would allow their children to do this. I am not under bombardment and never have been, so you may think it naive or incredible for me to say this, but I am confident that I would never allow, let alone encourage, my sons to do such a thing. The very thought makes me sick.
I close with a prediction. These girls will be haunted by these images. Their parents have placed them in the position of forever being hunted down by journalists or historians or others and asked "How Could you have Done Such a Thing?" I think that is an unforgiveable legacy.
[Thanks once more to an anonymous commenter for calling my attention to this topic!]