March 22, 2013
Letters to Editor
New York Times
New York, New York
In Newton, Connecticut, five and ten year old children were shot not once, but multiple times with a .223 caliber bullet.
“When the Bushmaster .223 Caliber Assault Rifle hit human targets it tumbled forward into tissue and shattered creating large, internal wounds… Another “nice touch” was that the bullet would sometimes ricochet off bone and bounce around inside the body, shattering into tiny hard-to-remove fragments (which promoted internal bleeding) and ripping sizable hunks of internal tissue away. A human being can die a slow and horrible death from internal bleeding.” (copy from Blowback.223byDaleSteinreich www.lewrockwell.com/orig/steinreich6)
Dare to imagine the consequences of such an attack on the body of a child. The children were massacred, mutilated and not simply killed. Dare to stay with such images and contrast such imagery with the concerns of protecting gun ownership, second amendment rights and yes, a “well regulated Militia”.
Six dead and several injured children in a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee. During an interview with a woman who lived on the street of the crash, she said that she saw a child lying on the ground, and it was God’s will that led her to help the child. The woman went on to say that all the neighbors joined to help. She once again attributed that helpful gathering to God’s presence.
Where was God several minutes prior to the crash? What was he watching over as the driver increased his speed? Where was he when the driver decided to take an unauthorized route? Was he preparing to watch the Macy day parade and make it safe? Was he lost in thought about the bombing in Aleppo? Was he cleaning the lead pipes in Flint, Michigan? What was God attending to. Clearly God has a lot to do in one day. But give credit, when credit is due. Good credit, or bad credit. You may not believe it, but God can be blasphemed. God can handle wailing. God can handle the greatest ill will that you can muster. God can handle the good, the bad and the ugly. God is truly powerful, flexible and always forgiving. God will be there the next day. God isn’t moving not now, not ever, so give God your best shot!
Gary Johnson was correct when he said “What is Aleppo.” Gary Johnson may have amazed millions of MSNBC viewers, but Gary Johnson spoke to a different reality. Like it or not, there is no Aleppo. Aleppo is no more. After years of barrel bombs, poison gas, millions of mortar shells, machine gun bullets, underground mines, dynamited buildings, and jet bombers destroying every structure over and over, the grand city of Aleppo is no more. No medicine, morphine, bandages, plasma, and no standing clinics and hospitals. No flowing water, no electricity, and barely any food. Food that is available is outrageously costly. Once a glorious Syrian city with more than 2 million citizens, but now just several thousands of adults and children huddled in cellars with air full of the fumes of burning oil, and decaying bodies. Aleppo is no more. Just as Carthage is no more. And the 10th century Turkish city of Ani is no more, and Jordan’s ancient city of Petra is long gone. Perhaps, Gary Johnson was truly blindsided by the inquiry. Perhaps he had a senior moment of dull. Perhaps he spoke out of ignorance, but in fact Aleppo joins ancient cities that are long gone. And so, “what is Aleppo” is not so strange.