This week I awoke to a cleric, which should mean a man of God so therefore a man of peace, had taken 17 hostages in a coffee shop in my beloved Sydney. Two brave souls lost their life. The first cop through the door shot in the face and fifteen souls that will never be he same?
When it was over the CNN reporter said “and now for your local news a Philadelphia man, a returned veteran with PTSD has murdered his ex-wife and five family members and is on the run.” Now on to international news – in Peshawar the Taliban attacked a school and so far 80 children are dead and the toll is rising! As I write this it has reached 130.
So in this modern enlightened world, that science geeks dreamed of, we can go to the moon, we have a rover on Mars, a computer built into the lense of our glasses and we can touch our ear to make a call, but we still slaughter the innocent?
Why? Why the fuck has not the human condition advanced with technology, with the years? Why?
You can worship Mohammed or Buddha or an unseen Christ but decency says you can’t kill in their name. I thought we got that out of our system with the crusade, the Spanish Inquisition the Ireland for the Irish, Catholic versus English wars, but you know what they say about assuming?
All those girls, children in Peshawar wanted to do is the very thing I am writing about, they wanted to fix their world. Give a boy a gun he’ll grow to invade the world, give a girl an education and she’ll save it.
ISIL, Taliban, Al Queda – what are you afraid of? That if the women become educated they’ll question Sharia Law? They’ll ask why the burka?
You want us out of Afghanistan so we’re leaving. So instead you invade the minds of folks in Sydney and slaughter those who believe in their God and just want to live. If you want we can send back the 1.6 million American soldiers who have fought in your country? Would you like that? You say you attack us because we came to your country and committed violence, you came to mine – is it our turn to dish out the ass kicking? Because the modernized Western world can match your infata and raise you a nuclear weapon but whom does it serve? Who wins?
And FYI, the only way you’ll ever get a nuke beside stealing it is to let children go to school grow up and build one.
I am sitting in the West Village having a coffee at about the same time that the self declared cleric took those hostages in Sydney. I’m in a wheelchair. I would probably not survive if it happened here, but if those who incite this terror were truthful why should it happen anywhere. You can have your backward country back. Enjoy, May you live in interesting times, we have enough to worry about.