The why of Pedro's question is easy to understand. Sandy Hook Elementary looks like our kids' schools. Those kids look like ours. It could be us looking like our guts had been yanked out. The why isn't enough though--the message is important.
Sharing a status from Pedro Francisco (actually I'm sharing his wife's status, but she quoted him.)
"This is an honest question. There is something I want to understand
more deeply. I think the answer unlocks a key to humanity but I don't
have the answer. Consider these two events: 1. Adam Lanza walks into a school in Connecticut and kills 26 innocent people, most of them children. 2. Staff Sargent Robert Bales walks into a home in Afghanistan and kills 16 innocent people, most of them children.
The Connecticut killings rightly cause shock, empathy and sympathy for
all of the innocent people, living and dead, who are victims of the
event. Media provides 24/7 coverage of every aspect of the crime,
including heart wrenching details of the children's talents, dreams and
beautiful moments from their short lives. We weep for them and their
families. We want justice. We want this to never happen again. Speaking
for myself, I want to help create a world where these things are almost
impossible to occur. It affects me deeply.
killings get no similar media coverage. We never learn of the dreams of
little Akhtar or of sweet faced Fareeda or any of the other boys and
girls. We never hear the details of who heard the gunshots and who tried
to hide. Yet this event bothers me even more than Connecticut and
here's why - as a person who pays taxes in the USA I helped pay for the
gun and bullets Sgt. Bales used to kill these innocent children. And I
paid for whatever he used to set them all on fire in the center of one
room. I feel as though I literally have their blood on my hands. I
helped make it happen.
I didn't pay for Mrs. Lanza's guns or
Adam's ammo. I had nothing to do with any of that. But I'm financially
complicit in Sgt. Bales killings and that bothers me.
is my honest question: Why do people care so much about the Connecticut
murders yet so little about the Afghanistan murders? What is it about
humans that we can be so dismissive of an event that is basically
identical to another event that profoundly moves us?"