[The "virgins"] are the innocents under fire, the children and the aged, the refugees, evicted, starving, freezing, the "collateral damage" of technological savagery.

As the bombers punish the innocent and destroy the ecology, we think of those who flee the snare and fall into the trap.

For the impoverished of Afghanistan, the choices are narrow as a gimlet; death from the air, death by starvation.

Daniel Berrigan, Lamentations