More Guns are the Answer.
President Obama speaks out both sides of his mouth.
How can he counsel non-violence here at home, and heavy gun regulation, when he does just the opposite in other people's countries?
Does anyone see the irony when his administration simultaneously orders military strikes on a Doctors without Borders hospital in Afghanistan? Whether the rebels we are working for and rely on in the field called in the hospital as a target, it was American bombs and the ensuing fires that did the killing.*
As commander-in-chief, President Obama bears responsibility for the deaths.
It's nice that he gave another ineffectual but impassioned speech about gun control here at home after the killings in Oregon. But we are a culture that more and more does not respect the value of life. When your actions show that you believe in guns over humanity, and that Might Indeed Makes Right, it is awful hard to get people to believe you are sincere in wanting the killings to ever end.
“If you think this is a problem, then you should expect your elected officials to reflect your views," President Obama said, in a speech to the nation. OK:
Stop flooding other countries with guns and weapons, President Obama. Maybe... for every civilian killed abroad, one will be killed here at home. If we want justice and peace and reason to rule, we need our actions to back our words.
If you can't do it in your time remaining in office President Obama, at least spare us the speeches. Come out and talk to us about the ongoing American involvement in the Afghanistan war, and talk to us about how the nurses, medical staff, and patients were killed by the fires of our making...
“Each time this happens, I’m going to bring this up,” he said. “Each time this happens, I’m going to say that we can actually do something about it.”
Otherwise, please be quiet already. Make a mixtape, play with the pooches, greet schoolchildren. Just stop ordering military actions against civilians abroad, while pretending to preach peace here at home. Thank you and God Bless America.
* I just hope we are better than Israel, and don't try to gin up some story about how Taliban fighters operating within the hospital were a threat to American troops and thus the hospital had to be destroyed to protect our soldiers. Generally, the deception follows the violence, and President Obama appears to be no better than former commander-in-chief George Bush in his deadly military strategy.
What if... the media gave us the names, and we mourned those killed by our miliary this weekend, in the same way we are identifying and personalizing the dead civilian victims in Oregon? If we want to be a peaceful society, we should honor all lives, and make amends for those our military has wrongfully killed.
Better yet, we should keep our guns here at home, for defensive use only when our own homeland is threatened.
More: The unextractable circle of violence continues because Israel believes they can kill their way to a peaceful solution, instead of abiding by terms of treaties or confronting their religious extremists within.
Red Crescent medics had treated 465 Palestinians wounded in clashes throughout the West Bank since Friday, including 36 people treated for live fire. During the same period, she added, the Red Crescent had come under attack 25 times.
In two episodes, Jewish settlers smashed ambulance windows. In over a dozen other incidents, medical staff members were either shot at, wounded at demonstrations or physically attacked.
America should not be following Israel's lead, because we don't live in their neighborhood, and we don't have the crimes on our hands that Israel will one day have to answer for... even if it means losing their homeland, because they are unable to achieve peace in the region, even with America's weaponry backing them every step of the way.