Yesterday, a 20-year-old man killed 27 people, mostly kindergartners, along with his mother and himself, at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Americans are understandably shocked and horrified.
But a couple of points do spring to mind.
Most of these distraught Americans are indifferent at best to such slaughters committed at least weekly in Pakistan and Afghanistan by the servants of the Drone-bomber in Chief - and unlike Americans, millions of people are compelled to live in daily dread of their children being killed in such massacres.
I got myself unfriended on Facebook for making the observation that the really unfathomable thing is not the one-time massacre by this nut case, but that Americans should be so horrified at it while at the same moment utterly indifferent to the same thing being done continually in their names all around the world, and usually with their active approval. Indeed we're urged to be thankful to the soldiers sent to defile us with all this innocent blood.
And of all people, America's Afghan puppet, Hamid Karzai, was dancing on his strings yesterday, making the same point:
"I express my sorrow and condolences to the American people for this
painful accident and I hope that nobody around the world suffers from
such incidents. Afghanistan, especially, feels the pain of such
incidents and almost every day such pains come to our people and we are
dealing with it."
Hence his punch line that in 2013: "There will be no military activity of foreign forces in Afghanistan"
Here's another enlightening comparison. In which way are more students killed in American schools each year - by school shooters, or by school staff? Well, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), school staff killed 143 students in school in 2009, and that's about what it is every year. School shooters don't come close, in any year.
And what is being done about that? Well, since George Brown first introduced legislation in 2009 to protect kids from this violence - besides the 150 deaths every year, tens of thousands of kids maimed or otherwise traumatized - the superintendents' associations, the school boards associations, and the other education industry lobbyists have managed to fend off any legislation to protect these kids. Their institutions and the butts of the perps, they're not slow to protect.
Here we see how how profound the word of God can be, "Whatever you want men to do to you, do so to them, for this is the law and the prophets," or in Rabbi Hillel's formulation, "Whatever you hate, do not to others. This is the whole law. Now go study."
Hillel's last word is life-changing. Now go study.
You that are grieved and horrified by those school shootings, now go study those feelings
. Know that three times a week in the United States, a family experiences the same murder of their child by school staff, the same grief and horror - and the sadistic perps are protected by the school districts, by the indifferent cops and Child Protective Services agencies that refuse to investigate child abuse in schools, the state and federal education agencies that don't want to do anything about it, and the legislatures that don't want to upset the education industry lobbies that want to keep things as they are.
And you know - and you do know! - parents in Pakistan and Afghanistan are just as distraught when their kids are slaughtered by American drone bombers as Americans are when their own kids are slaughtered by a school shooter. If you don't think American parents ought to suffer thus, how long will you go along with inflicting such torment on others? "What you hate, do not to others."