May 28, 2014
by Julius Sequerra
Frankly, I’ve had it with the asphyxiating 24/7 media coverage over the past week of this madman’s savagery. (Not to mention all the emails expressing outrage and seemingly inconsolable grief at the “awful, pointless loss of life,”, etc., etc., etc.)
My response: Get over it.
Step away from the media avalanche, clear your heads, and look objectively at the bigger picture, my friends. Considering the carnage we Americans have wreaked over just the past 50 years, butchering literally millions of innocent women, children and infants around the world, it would take a million ‘Elliott Rodgers’ to level the scales.
We, as a nation, have butchered innocent people of all walks of life on a scale that, if we’d allow it, would paralyze our senses. And we continue on our rampage with nary a thought nor a shred of remorse. Entire families, their friends, colleagues have been victims of indiscriminate, random US “carpet bombings” and drone attacks on a barely imaginable scale — atrocities which, had they been committed by any other nation, the ‘international community’ would unhesitatingly condemn as war crimes.
Instead, they are lauded as “liberation.”
Following a ‘typical’ US attack, the bereaved friends and helpers of these poor souls try, hour after hour, to collect body parts – bits of bone, flesh, a bit of a skull or jaw and attempt to establish by skin color, texture, which bloody fragments belong to which beloved person, ensuring the right remains are placed together in the shroud, coffin…These pathetic shredded pieces are of infants, children, husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers, aunts, uncles, grandparents.
In having observed over twenty years of unending US aggression following the self-inflicted “attack” on 9/11 (in which we murdered 3,000 of our own citizens), one example stays indelibly engraved on my mind.
During the 1991 attack on Iraq, Mohammed, an Iraqi child, was just ten years old when he went to stay overnight with his mother and four siblings — including a baby brother just weeks old. The ‘safe house’ they chose was Baghdad’s Ameriyah air raid Shelter.
The Shelter, equipped with bunk beds, showers, generator-driven electricity, television, kitchens, was a haven of normality and safety in a city where the electricity and water system had been deliberately destroyed, being “carpet bombed” daily.
This temporary sanctuary was purposely targeted by the US who had obtained the plans, and identified the weak points, the ventilation shafts. All but fourteen of the six hundred mothers, children and elderly for whom the Shelter was reserved, were incinerated.
Mohammed was just ten when he survived the inferno. He rescued an old man “whose flesh came away in my hands,” and a baby. His mother and siblings burned to death right before his eyes. Below is a photo of what was left of one of Mohammed’s cousins.
You see, for a swathe of the world, our “9/11” is their “24/7.”
Entire battalions of ‘Elliott Rodgers’ visit them on a daily basis.
So, to those who continue to raise an endless hue and cry about this lunatic’s rampage, pour out their pity for his victims, and express their revulsion, I say this:
Wake up. Remove those ‘patriotic’ rose-tinted glasses that blind you to our own unspeakable atrocities against the citizens of other nations. And view things from a more realistic perspective.
You’ll find Mr Rodgers’ rampage to be literally a drop in the huge bucket of blood that we Americans all collectively help carry.
Think about it.
NB: For a clearer picture of your tax dollars at work, and to frame your emotions in proper perspective, may I suggest you click here (Warning: graphic content):
Thanks to Zen at: http://www.zengardner.com