Thursday, November 05, 2009

There are reasons

why the president described today's shooting rampage as "a horrific outburst of violence", but he doesn't ongoingly describe this in similar terms.

(Think "How to boil a frog")
(Methinks perhaps we're boiled.)

7 comments:

brooke said...

or what is going on in the gaza strip in the same way.. or the west bank, or afghanistan. or, etc..

*sigh*

Megs said...

I'm thinking about the massacres in 1988 in Iran which we didn't even know about - a positive element about C21st technology is that, (whatever our response or lack thereof), we know about the human rights abuses occurring on our planet...

Serendipity said...

I wonder what that shrink's job must have been like.
"So about that homicidal ideation... are you thinking more fighter pilot, or hand to hand combat?"
Would mess with anyone's head, providing psychiatric support for trained killers.

Benjamin Ady said...

Seren,

Yeah--I guess you probably already know about what a massive and uncalculated-into-the-total-cost problem combat related ptsd is. And that's not even the worst of it. If you think the American military guys have it bad, imagine what it must be like to live in Baghdad, and have a sort of city wide extremely high level ptsd going on.

Serendipity said...

I can't imagine how entire cultures recover. I wonder about Rwanda, and the Congo today. And we're still recovering from the society-wide ramifications of wars fought decades ago.
How do we start again?

Martin said...

I saw Invictus a few days ago. Possibly the solution is to do like Morgan Freeman did in South Africa, although I don't know completely what they did in South Africa other than rugby which was the only part that the movie focused on so I may have the wrong idea.

Benjamin Ady said...

Martin,

for further re: what they did in South Africa, I gently and wholeheartedly recommend the movie Red Dust