MH 17 Crash, Gaza Strip Violence, NYPD Police Brutality, Innocent Woman Murdered in Detroit, are all in the news. These deaths are preventable. Who has the balls to do anything about it?
By Roy Steele
Over the last week the 24 news cycle has been understandably consumed with news about Malaysian Airlines flight 17, that was destroyed in a missile attack, last week over eastern Ukraine. It’s horrifying to think that there are individuals freely living on our planet, who are responsible for this preventable tragedy.
We saw the fighting erupt on the Gaza strip, and our television screens have been filled with images of injured women and children, innocent civilians all, being bombed and killed by the Israeli government. Whether I’m right or wrong, I have to say that it looks like bullying of the worst order. Israel has the backing of the US government and our military training and might, and the Palestinian people are sitting ducks with nowhere to run and hide.
We’ve watched cell phone video of a New York City employee being confronted on the street by police officers employed by the New York City Police Department (NYPD). When the individual claims that he’s being falsely accused, the unarmed man is physically attacked by at least four or five police officers, and is placed in a chokehold, and dies on the scene.
We looked at the pictures of the 19-year-old unarmed Detroit, Michigan woman who innocently knocked on someone’s door at 4:30AM, most likely seeking help, and was greeted with a gunshot blast right to her face. The white Michigan man who murdered the young black woman claims he pulled the trigger because he felt threatened, and it was in self defense.
The Wayne County prosecutor noted, self defense is a legitimate motive only if someone believes that they’re facing “imminent death or imminent great bodily harm.” Does a knock at one’s door in the middle of the night signify that one’s life is in danger?
Even if the armed white man felt legitimately threatened, why would he respond to a knock on his door with a gunshot blast? Is it because he’s a gun nut, who presumes that everyone carries a gun? Or is the young woman a victim of our culture, where we’ve accepted with a shrug that it’s ok that people have guns. I wish I knew the answer.
Throughout the last few weeks we’ve had a border crisis, as thousands of Central American women and children have fled their home countries, because they fear being slaughtered and murdered. Where did they turn first? They ran for the “sweet land of liberty,” and have been greeted with the taunts and jeers of right-wing hooligans and imbeciles screaming “USA USA” and “go home.”
This humanitarian crisis deserves a humanitarian response. Thank GOD we have some level headed people in Washington like President Obama, to handle this mess.
It’s no wonder that people eschew watching the news, and choose to watch reruns of Friends, or a game show like Jeopardy, or our favorite no-nonsense reality show, Judge Judy instead.
The most troubling aspect of these current events, is the human aspect of these news stories. These are human tragedies and crises, where in many cases, innocent people have died at the hands of fellow man.
A simplistic solution to all of these tragedies would be to disarm the world, and eliminate all weapons. That’s not going to happen anytime soon, but we could certainly aim for that here on our domestic shores.
The first verse of “America” goes like this:
My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From ev'ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
I don’t know about you, but with all of this violence and bad behavior, here at home and around the world, I don’t feel like we’re the “sweet land of liberty” anymore. If we don’t do something about all of this violence and bad behavior here at home, our future seems doomed.
“Sweet land of liberty” my ass.
I wonder how many others really care.
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