Paris should not be a Pawn for American Politics

Once again a tragedy wrought by human beings has been brandished unto others. The names of the innocent in Paris may differ from those victims of terrorist attacks earlier this calendar year, but the carnage remains.  Locations as distinct as those in the northern villages of Nigeria like Kukawa, Mamasapano, Philippines, Shia mosques in Pakistan, churches and mosques in Cameroon, locations in Yemen, Garissa, Kenya, Kobani, Syria, Leego, Somalia, Ankara, Turkey, and the sad list continues since butchery knows no boundaries.

While it brings terror to the individuals involved but is not classified as terrorism, here in the United States we average approximately 44 murders per day. With that ‘horrorism’ we have also experienced terrorism on our soil where mass numbers of innocent lives succumbed to the evil planned abroad and carried out on 11 September 2001 or the homegrown variety with the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. The numbers of those murdered may have been less, but acts of terrorism carried out at the Boston Marathon, Charleston, and Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta in 1995 and others do not pale in terms of loss. Any such act is horrific among any of person of honor, of feeling.

While modern technology allows for seemingly instantaneous coverage of such horrendous acts today, historically such barbarism is not a new phenomenon.

The reasons for such carnage cannot be justified in my opinion. One may try to cite religion, ethnicity, nationalism, et al, but none apply because any validation is nothing else but an excuse for the sick, deranged, depraved, evil, barbaric animals who try to pass themselves as being human beings.

We try to understand, but at times as rational creatures we cannot comprehend this sadistic irrational behavior.

Yet are we truly rational people because isn’t it irrational to condemn those fleeing from this barbarism?

That’s akin to the logic that one can shoot fish in a barrel. You might do it. I reckon it’s easy, but who in the heck does it.  I’ve heard the expression, but I’ve never witnessed the act.

To me it’s the same illogical pattern to hear so many in our political spectrum condemn our leaders and champion France today when only a dozen years earlier those in the same political spectrum vilified France for opposing US military actions in the Middle East by contending that such actions on our part would inevitably lead to the instability today and result in repercussions. The ‘freedom fries’ and ‘freedom toast’ measures that the GOP pushed expressed the negative sentiment toward France by those in the US who supported our increased military involvement in the Middle East.

France as a nation has been a victim.  Let’s refrain from using victims as pawns to sacrifice for our own good.  If we view others as inanimate objects are we any different from the terrorists with our desire?

It’s unfortunate that bad or evil people are not marked to differentiate them from the good. It’s frustrating and frightening that a single target demolished will not stop the threat.

The reality is that at times an easy answer does not exist.  Sometimes the threats are embedded in multiple levels and destroying one level merely allows for the rise of one that is a stronger threat as it is no longer contained by what has been eliminated.

It does not help to relinquish power or to provide justification to those persons intent upon bringing misery to the innocent. Like, dislike, love, hate, but the President of the United States is regarded as the leader of our country. Like, dislike, love, hate, the Pope is regarded as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church on Earth. Yes these are human beings, but they are the established figureheads for any who regard themselves within the assemblages of American or Catholic.  You may not support the figurehead, but those on the outside still identify you with the group.

It was less than a century and a score ago that many here in the United States considered a possibly fake transmission of foreign officials that President William McKinley was weak as a rightful call to war against the detractors of the President and disrespect of the American people. While that did not lead directly to war it fanned jingoistic flames which would.

Today, however, the vilification is not from abroad but from within and the openness of that fact lessens us as a people. What’s scary is not the political division, but that the rationality for that separatism is embedded in these pseudo wraps of patriotism and Christianity. Pseudo because the spirit of neither is truly embraced.  While the arguments are potentially crisp over time they have evolved to being soggy and stale.  It will always be accurate that things are not perfect.  Things could be better.  It might happen.  Yet the United States is still here and no rhetoric can form are problems today into what previous generations faced and overcame.  If these windmills presented as giants were in fact the giants once defeated, voices of opposition, of dissension would not be tolerated.  If such oppression and suppression by the government existed, would even an irrational mind think to reap financial profit by fostering antagonism?

We can make this about politics or we can make this about real people. I guess one thing that really bothers me is that everyone I know can be placed into one of these evil categories because you all share at least some trait with others who have been labeled whether historic, contemporary, and for most both. We all share the footprints left by others, and all can be tread upon by another, disintegrate with the wind, or be washed away by a flood or merely a trickle of water.


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