Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Gaza, Somalia, Sudan, Algeria, Congo oh…and yeah, almost forgot…Iraq. Take your pick of which violent, horrific nightmare destination to read or write about.
Two thoughts come to me as I read the news this morning. One is, I am so overwhelmed by the amount of violence and insanity in the news, and it is so widespread-so pervasive, that I really thought I couldn’t actually post on any of it. So instead, I’m posting about that feeling of drowning in a sea of informational despair.
Second is, when reading through the news, Iraq was so far down the list of headlines as to be almost an afterthought. I go through Google headlines first, then usually BBC, Al Jazeera, WaPo and SF Chronicle in that order. Even a big news story like the female suicide bombers is way down the list of stories. I’m sure Bush and the Repubs love it – seeing the Iraq stories get lost in the sheer volume of violent news.
I will mention here, because probably no one else will…..While reading through the news I was mostly concerned with the plight of the gorillas in the Congo. I follow the efforts to save these magnificent creatures which you can read about here and here. It seems that much of the fighting in that area is taking place right in a nature preserve where the few remaining protected specimens live. No doubt that one way or the other this war will reduce their already critically small numbers.
I bring this up because I realized that, perhaps like so many of us, I am becoming immune to the human suffering taking place all around us. Reading all of it this morning, I didn’t really react until I got to the stories about these gentle, innocent beasts.
I guess this is why we let Bush get away with what he does. We just don’t feel it anymore. When we hear about dead civilians or 10 or 100 or even thousands, even if they are women and children, we just don’t feel anything anymore. Its just so absolutely common place.
It is so digusting and sad. So shocking. I would say we are turning into animals, but animals don’t behave this way. It is as if, in settling our disputes, violence and killing have become the method of first resort instead of last resort. Killing our own families and friends. Shooting our classmates and colleagues. Mutilating, whipping, stoning, hanging our women for “dishonoring us”. Molesting and abusing our own children. Letting our actions be guided by racial hatred instead of rational thought.
What has happened to us? For gods sake, what have we become?