ad hominids... nice
You said and I quote
"Critics often bring up this verse as an attack on the validity of the Bible. But, does the Bible teach that it is okay to kill children? The answer, of course, is no it doesn't."
When in FACT the bible CLEARLY states "Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children"
which is in PERFECT context
Who is it that understands the bible? clearly not you.
Tools of war are not always obvious. The worst weapon is an idea planted in the mind of man. Prejudices can kill, suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has an everlasting fallout all of its own.