The tragedy this weekend in Arizona was vile, disgusting and to be rejected. The tragedy should be mourned. I ask that you also remember the tragedy on Friday where five people were slaughtered in their home in Husseiniya. My hopes are that we can use this to mourn the violence and slaughter that happens daily by those who act alone and those who do so for profit or under the guise of patriotism. Remember every instance the media chooses not to show you.
I hope each of you can mourn these lives taken in Arizona and that this will open your eyes to the violent acts that are committed every day just like this. Do not only mourn those of your nationality, but all lives impacted by such tragedy.
In a world where murder is power we must begin to reject the use of force to reach our desired goals. The internet has been flooded with the left and the right trying to pin this tragedy on each other. Some blame the Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin group. Others are blaming Che Guivera and Saul Alinsky. It’s time we stopped playing this juvenile game and see this for what it is. It is pure and unadulterated violence. It is murder. We should not see instances of this same action acceptable or less of a tragedy. We should not extol the murderers as heroes because they wear the right uniform.
Remember that throughout the middle east we do not count or keep track of our victims we only keep count of the deaths of those we send there to kill. Remember that each of these deaths we choose to ignore is also a tragedy we should mourn for and feel shock and horror for. Do not forget those that died in Arizona this weekend. Do not forget those in Darfur, Iraq, Afghanistan, in our cities and around the world. Reject the idea that violence is a means to an end that you are willing to embrace.