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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.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/meast/07/13/iraq.main/index.html

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.

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  • http://xraystyle.blogspot.com Bryan McKay

    Earvolution, this post need an Amazon link. Please add one ASAP. Thanks.

  • http://jcb.pentex-net.com John Bambenek

    We can’t be all Iraqis… the left is too busy cheering another victory for the terrorists.

  • http://www.earvolution.com JD

    yes, the left sucks. maybe we should kill them? But, there’d still be problems. so maybe we should just focus on the problems instead of whining about “the left.”

  • http://www.peoplehavethepower.blogspot.com Lisa Iannucci

    Yeah, that’s right, I love it when people die needlessly to give “the terrorists” a “win.”

  • billy

    John B is a fool. name one person on the left who cheered for a terrorist? I can sure name a traitor on the right who undermined nat’l security. Karl Rove.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Suicide attacks in Iraq do not cause the same level of empathy in the US as the attack on the UK for two major reasons:

    1 – Attacks in Iraq are relatively common, so it is unrealistic to expect a national display of mourning everytime a bomb goes off in Baghdad. We’d be in mourning every other day.

    2 – Most Americans are white Christians with Western habits. Most Brits are white Christians with Western habits. Most Iraqis are Arab Muslims with Eastern traditions. Entry-level courses in Psychology and Sociology teach that people are pretty much hard-wired to have more empathy for people mostly like themselves, and considerably less for those who are barely like them.

  • Tao Jonez

    John Bambenek wrote – “We can’t be all Iraqis… the left is too busy cheering another victory for the terrorists.”

    cuz he is a fucking fascist pig

    RJ wrote – “Most Americans are white Christians with Western habits. Most Brits are white Christians with Western habits. Most Iraqis are Arab Muslims with Eastern traditions. Entry-level courses in Psychology and Sociology teach that people are pretty much hard-wired to have more empathy for people mostly like themselves, and considerably less for those who are barely like them.”

    cuz he is a fucking rascist pig

  • http://www.templestark.com Temple Stark

    Need a pair of modifying dashes there bro.

  • Bennett

    London is one of the most racially diverse cities in the world. England is one of the most racially diverse countries in the world.

    We relate to the UK because of our shared history, shared ancestors, and shared cultures. Cultures that include racial and religious diversity.

    Note: Never once said “white” or “Christian”.

    Is that so hard, children?

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Is this the same bombing RJ wrote about? If so, I find it amazing that no mention was made in this article of the fact that most of the victims were children.

    Dave

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    Dave, it’s in para 3:

    This time the news is that 27 Iraqis were murdered by a car bomber, and most of them children.

  • Bennett

    Dave, a different slant on the affair, that’s all.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    I mean this article, not the source article. IMO this presentation of the topic, while expressing sorrow, sort of sanitizes the event in a way which takes away the real horror of it.

    Dave

  • Bennett

    Dave – See #11

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    It’s hardly “racist” to point out unfortunate facts about the human condition.

    Whose funeral would you be more likely to attend? A relative, a neighbor, some guy you never met before from a city 500 miles away, or somebody who lives in a different country, speaks a different language, and has totally different religious beliefs and a completely different world-view?

    QED.

  • Bennett

    It’s not necessarily racist to portray the USA as “Most Americans are white Christians”.

    It’s just not terribly what? Smart? Polite? Eloquent?

  • Tao Jonez

    It is racist ta point out “white christian” and “arab muslims” as a reason for da difference in how peeps look at it. Thas projection, but you keep hatin’ .

  • Bennett

    Good point.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Call it whatever you want, but it’s still true. Just ask anyone who knows a thing or two about human psychology, or sociology…

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    It’s not necessarily racist to portray the USA as “Most Americans are white Christians”.

    It’s just not terribly what? Smart? Polite? Eloquent?

    Call it whatever your liberal heart desires. It’s still true.

  • Bennett

    But it’s not true to many. When I think of folken killed by suicide bombers, I don’t see white or black or brown.

    I see grieving parents, saddened children, and shocked friends. You asked:

    “Whose funeral would you be more likely to attend? A relative, a neighbor, some guy you never met before from a city 500 miles away, or somebody who lives in a different country, speaks a different language, and has totally different religious beliefs and a completely different world-view?

    I want to go to the funeral of the guy from a different country.

    No particular reason, just a humanity thing.

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    “I want to go to the funeral of the guy from a different country.”

    Then I guess you are some sort of super-human, vastly more humane and moral than the 99% of humanity that would offer a MUCH different opinion…

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    Me, as much as I hate funerals, I’d rather go see a relative or neighbor than some stranger from hundreds or thousands of miles away…

  • Tao Jonez

    so RJ, you live in Britain? Yer comments before laid out that ya sympathize with them more than Iraqi’s. Now yer talking about thousands of miles. Both places are pretty far away, geographically speaking.
    But by what ya just said, ya consider Brits neighbors and Iraqi’s strangers.

    I’m with Bennett, it’s a human thang, boyee.

  • Bennett

    Been there, done that. Now I want diversity, cultural experience, new things.

    Frankly, fast forward me to when the genetic spectrum has blended and we’re all shades of tan.

    Then, only “culture” and “religion” will be devisive factors.

    Oh, and politics of course.

    :-]

  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ

    I find it humorous to see the Left attacking facts that are based upon diligent and thorough research from the Academy, simply because it does not fit their politically-correct version of the world.

    Let’s try it another way:

    Who do Shia mourn most? Innocent Shia children? Iraqi Shia soldiers? American soldiers? Or relatively well-off white Christian British people blown to pieces in London.

    Care to make a guess?

  • Shark

    Bambineck: “…the left is too busy cheering another victory for the terrorists.”

    Note that a rhetorical question about Americans’ inability to publicly ‘mourn’ yet another civilian massacre in Iraq (due to compassion burnout? or psychology? [RJ]) is immediately taken by John Bambenek as a signal to label a huge percentage of his fellow Americans “Terrorists”.

    And I’ll also point out that I don’t remember that I’ve heard anyone on Blogcritics’ “left” say anything as utterly heinous and inflammatory as this motherfucker is capable of writing on a daily basis.

    I’ll also point out that such hateful ideological bullshit generalizations are part of the language tools of…

    yep, you guessed it…

    TERRORISTS.

    This guy sounds about one secret, late night meeting away from justifying something awful and immoral.

    John Bambenek. Yep. That’s his name.

  • Shark

    BTW: Bambineck, before you go whining like a liberal pussy to the BC backroom decision-makers [hah!] in Yahoo, you might want to preface your little crybaby spiel with your quote:

    “…the left is too busy cheering another victory for the terrorists.”

  • Shark

    re: Public mourning —

    Thousands of strangers die in tragedies every day. All over the world.

    Children, too.

    Pick one.

    ==========

    re: RJ’s psychological theory of ‘demonizing the other’ and/or identifying/empathizing with the familiar —

    Could be, except thanks to their immigration policies over the last few decades, Britain is about as ‘white’ as Khartoum.

    ==============

    re: dead muslims in Iraq — and humans in general:

    One of my grandfathers used to say: “Kill one fly in May, you’ve killed a million in September.”

    The other one used to say:

    “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee.”

    One was a *Conservative. The other was a Liberal. Guess which was which.

    heh. I just did that for Bambi’s sake. hehe.