I've noticed that journalists and others with an agenda like to use tramatic images of children in war to prove a point. IE, the famous one from WW2 was the shot of the baby in shanghai. I remember during my early teens, my grandmother showed me a book of hers (translated into English from Japanese) about the Hiroshima. The front and back cover were filled with snapshots of children maimed and deformed by the blast. The book itself was very much anti-American and denounced the bomb droppings as a criminal and unnecessary act. My grandmother read this book and was a true believer. The Japanese Film "Grave of the Fireflies" repeats the same tactic and is about two children who die from the war. A few years ago, I remember traumatic images of a children in the Iraq wars repeatedly used as imagery for antiwar protests and other materials. But to me, all of this did not achieve any special effect. I do not value a child's life more than that of an adult, nor do I have a special emotional reaction to such imagery. One could show me a maimed adult and I would not regard it any more or less. How about you? What is your opinion in regards to using children for shock effect? Do you have a special reaction to seeing pictures of children in war or seeing them maimed?