An act of cold-blooded murder. Not one Western leader would dispute that if it were 18 innocent people in London or New York who were blown apart in the early hours of last Friday.
But the victims last week were killed by US missiles fired at the village of Damadola Burkanday in north west Pakistan.
As television stations boasted that the US might have killed Al Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (who was not there) few bothered to describe the suffering of those who had in fact been killed.
George Bush and Tony Blair want us to accept that a whole region, home to hundreds of millions of people, should become a free-fire zone for their forces.
The atrocity in Damadola Burkanday underlines the urgency of ensuring a huge turnout for the anti-war demonstration called for 18 March in London.