Grieving residents gather following a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.
By Gordon Duff and Press TV
“America is crumbling from within and even the wanton killings of the innocent children of Sandy Hook Elementary School have failed to touch hearts hardened over long years of brutality.”
America is a nation that has known tragedy but will never be able to come together in suffering and support.
America is crumbling from within and even the wanton killings of the innocent children of Sandy Hook Elementary School have failed to touch hearts hardened over long years of brutality.
The murder of twenty children, mostly five and six-year-olds, in an otherwise peaceful town in Connecticut is conveniently called a “tragedy.” It is much more than that.
I refer to the children only though there were seven adults that were butchered also. Children represent something that is supposed to be universal to all of us, something everyone can understand, parents, grandparents, siblings, the idea of a small child, forty pounds, not yet four feet tall, shot nearly a dozen times with a precision Swiss semi-automatic pistol, this should be a picture all can draw common horror from.
In a sane world, this would be the case but we do not live in a sane world.
I see the scene “in my head,” twenty children blown to pieces, I picture myself as one of the police officers entering the scene. As a former soldier, it is not hard to imagine this scene; I see versions of it every time I sleep, as do so many others.
The butchery should be unimaginable but it is not.
I would be remiss if I did not point out that an almost identical scene, perhaps even more ghastly, more children dead, happened in Gaza only a few short days ago.
President Obama was silent on this.
We could also talk about the other killings, so many, so often, mass murders, Breveik’s seventy seven in Norway, all children albeit a bit older or so many attacks, America, Europe, some murders, some from war.
The blood pools, the blood of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School had not begun to dry, to take on that reddish brown hue we know so well before the busy little minds of America’s political opportunists kicked into “high gear.”
First was Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, former presidential hopeful, current spokesman for Rupert Murdoch’s “Fox News.” Huckabee inferred that the murders were the “will of god.”
“We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we have systematically removed God from our schools… should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?”
Congresswoman Michelle Bachman of Minnesota equates violence in schools with “Jihadi lunches.” Bachman pointed out that schools that served “terrorist lunches” that included falafel or hummus, substances she believes likely to draw down the “wrath of god,” are responsible.
Within five minutes of the first reports, mass emailings originating from “think tanks” tied to the National Rifle Association, an ultra-right wing, pro-Israel group, credited President Obama and the CIA with planning the attack.
Many spoke of how the president faked his tears, knowing well he had personally ordered the carnage as part of a plot to seize America’s guns and implement what was actually the totalitarian regime promised by his former electoral opponent, Mitt Romney.
The emails claimed that Adam Lanza, thus far seen as the lone shooter, was part of a mind control program to bring about a slaughter akin to the Jonesboro killings that are cited as responsible for Australia’s draconian weapons laws.
I am sure that millions of dollars were sent to the NRA and tens of thousands of Americans rushed out to buy the same weapons Lanza is reputed to have used during his “kindergarten killing spree.”
Not to be outdone, the Israeli papers, the Jerusalem Post in particular, focused on six-year-old Noah Posner, the only Jewish victim.
Though Noah’s parents have our heartfelt condolences, the Post simply does not understand what their “take” on the tragedy tells the rest of us:
“authorities release names of twenty children, six adults; list includes youngest victim, 6-year-old Jewish child Noah Pozner.”
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