Re: Another brave and heroic act ....Mar 5th, 2008
Just for the record, we do have people associated with the Iraqi war, some of them on the ground.
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This story is a few days old now and the outrage it has caused is huge.Quote has been trimmed, See full post:
It has bothered me since I first read about it, but my outrage is not because of the dog which in other cultures is a food item and would be added to a pot of boiling oil without a second thought.
My thoughts are of the thousands of human babies, toddlars jueveniles who have been dispatched by artillary, airstrike or snippers cluster bomblets left to maim and kill, land mines phospher bombs and a hundred other poisons and chemical agents used to eradicate the enemies.
We understand the act to be cavalier cruelty a senceless act of death and it angers us. Why the outpouring of indignation for a puppy and not for the infants who died in Gaza this week. Well I think it's because it's safe to condemn the puppies trearment, it's safe to identify with the puppy, it requires no deeper understanding of the context. The same level of condemnation directed at the IDF or coalition forces who have killed scores of babies in the last month alone requires that we acknowledge and identify the perpatrators as a group or nationals while the heartless marine is an individual and the connection with the wider group can be easily severed into the singular act of one sick individual. So all of us feel safe condemning this act unreservedly while we may not feel safe condemning a pilot who has just dropped a bomb in some village killing women and children. We have to an alarming extent become hardened...
A thoughtful post darkbeaver. I think the thing that caught people about that puppy, was that the puppy had nobody to act in it's interest. The three morons who tortured the puppy and the peace of human dreck who threw the puppy over the cliff should all have been dragged to the ground and beaten to within an inch of their lives, maybe several times. I can't express the contempt I have for those who tortured and killed that puppy but my contempt has nothing to do with my feelings for the human victims of war.
We have become numb to human pain, misery, death. We have grown weary of the labels cast our way for having thoughts and feelings. We are immune to the images of baby seals and calves. In so many ways, our CNN world has desensitized us. Extremists have silenced us, polarized us, denied us moderation. The puppy? It is innocence. The puppy is trust. The puppy is unconditional love - man's best friend. The puppy-tosser? He's all that's wrong with our world. Why the outrage? It's proof that we're still human.