Monday, April 22, 2013

MONDAY MUSINGS—SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS




Scarlet Geraniums mean comforting or to give Comfort


I’m sure everyone, by now, has heard about the tragedy associated with the Boston Marathon. It saddens me to see such things happen. I feel sorrow when I see unnecessary death and destruction of human life, regardless of where it happens. I feel anger towards those who feel the death of innocent people is justified to showcase a cause or political agendas. They use fear and terror to try to force others to their will.

It’s bad enough to see people die in wars, but at least there most casualties are soldiers equipped to do battle on a battlefield—wherever it happens to be. Soldiers know, when they step into a war zone, they’re in a dangerous place where injury or death can happen in a moment. Precautions are taken by anyone near a war zone.

What do an eight-year-old and his six-year-old sister in the United States know about warfare, battles, and political agendas?  Not much. Neither they nor the 140 others injured when the bomb went off, were in a war zone and there was no war. It was a relatively safe place to be visiting with your family to cheer on the runners in the marathon. Vigilance was for your wallet or getting separated from your family, getting lost in the crowd and not for bombs.

Various terrorist groups, worldwide, have been waging war on innocent people for years. Bomb a subway station or put a bomb in a plane, attack a train, bomb an office building and make a splash in the news and then use it to call attention to some unfairness or injustice somewhere else in the world.  Congratulations. You’ve now made war on people who had nothing directly to do with whatever you perceive your slights or hurts to be. Oh wait. Logic isn’t on the agenda in your quest for vengeance. In your collective minds it’s all justified.

How very sad. 


7 comments:

Melanie Schulz said...

The thing that probably disturbed me the most was the lack of humanity. It takes humanity to look at those faces at the finish line and not want to see them harmed, it takes humanity to recognize that runners who make it to the level of Boston have made a life of running and it would devastate them to lose their legs. The people who did this saw those people and set down their bags and walked away. They knew those people needed, loved, depended on their legs, that is why they put their bombs in a pressure cooker filled with shrapnel.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Yep, you got it! Inhumanity. Good word for it. Humans acting worse than animals with no feelings of compassion.

Elise Fallson said...

This terrible tragedy has been on my mind a lot. I hurt for the loss of life and the people touched by this tragedy. And I can't help but feel a little more fearful than before, especially since we are only a few days from taking the plane and heading to the States. I know life has to move on, that we can't give into the terror. But it's not always easy. I wish somehow we could learn from all this and make the world a better place.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's cowardly and inhumane.

Jemi Fraser said...

So incredibly sad. My heart goes out to all the people devastated by the horrific incident.

J.L. Campbell said...

I certainly don't get it either and don't think I'll ever understand how we can do this sort of thing to each other.

Jen Forbes said...

I'm not sure good people will ever understand why people like those young men do what they do. I think all we can do is pray and support those who were affected. So sad I agree!