Excuse a brief, two word rant: Me, to the Guardian newspaper: Fuck off.
That’s America, we say, as news of the latest massacre breaks â€“ last week it was the slaughter of 12 people by Aaron Alexis at Washington DC’s navy yard â€“ and move on. But what if we no longer thought of this as just a problem for America and, instead, viewed it as an international humanitarian crisis â€“ a quasi civil war, if you like, that calls for outside intervention? As citizens of the world, perhaps we should demand an end to the unimaginable suffering of victims and their families â€“ the maiming and killing of children â€“ just as America does in every new civil conflict around the globe.
The annual toll from firearms in the US is running at 32,000 deaths and climbing, even though the general crime rate is on a downward path (it is 40% lower than in 1980). If this perennial slaughter doesn’t qualify for intercession by the UN and all relevant NGOs, it is hard to know what does.
Um, most of those 32,000 deaths are suicides. Yes, there are still a lot of firearm murders in our country but that is mostly due to — dare I say it? — demographics and liberal policies.
As for allowing The World, and the U.N. to ‘intervene,’ let’s list some of the members of the U.N. Human Rights Council:
We have such defenders of tolerance and liberty as Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Uganda, Venezuela, Pakistan, and . . . Never mind. I’m sure that liberals admire all of the wonderful virtues of these member states. After all, they’re not America — that bad, evil bastion of freedom.
Ãœber leftists are perfectly willing to defend these countries’ atrocities because, after all, that’s just their culture. Except, of course, when it comes to the culture of the United States; somehow that’s much different.
Gays (for example) have no problem standing with Palestinian protesters against Israel here in the U.S., even though the Palestinians would gladly stone them (gays) to death in a Hebron minute. Israel has accepted gays (pretty much everywhere, including in the military) for longer than “I’ve evolved” Obama has, since he was smoking dope as a kid.
Okay, it’s Sunday and I’m reading James Wesley, Rawles’ new book for review. Time to get back to it.
I’m tired of getting pissed-off by the news. I need to crawl into a (hopefully fictional) novel and escape from our scary world, into his.
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