Are we all Iraqis today?
Not surprisingly, Americans opened their hearts last week to our British friends in the wake of the barbaric attacks in London. We saw many expressions of support, but the most common was along the lines of "We are All British today." I myself have a particular fondness for the British and felt the same way after the attack. But, where is the outpouring of emotion for others lost to terror?
Today - as with many days the past several months - we awake here in America to a terrible car bombing claiming more innocent lives. This time the news is that 27 Iraqis were murdered by a car bomber, and most of them children.
Yes, we've expressed our support for the "good" Iraqis by pouring our tax dollars into their country. But, rarely have we seen much profound and widespread empathy for their deaths as we saw last week after the London bombings. Again, I'm glad we showed our support and compassion for Britain. They are our friends and I for one feel a special kinship to that nation.
The point here is that life is life and innocents were murdered in a brutal fashion. But, where is the constant cable news coverage of the incident? Where are the makeshift memorials here in the states? I'm sure many reasons exist for what I perceive as disparate treatment for equal tragedies. We "look" like the British so maybe that's it? We also share some common religious beliefs, maybe that's it?
Rather then speculate as to why there seems to be different reactions to similar events, I just want to take a minute to express my sorrow for the families and the lost.
I know violence and war are part of the human condition, as is foolishness. But, it still remains a tragedy to me every time we see senseless killing - no matter who the victim is, who or what they worship or where they are born.
May the dead rest in peace and may the killers be brought to justice. And, may the rest of us remember we are all part of the human family and mourn accordingly.