August 18, 2016
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Back in the early 90’s I was outraged at what was happening in what was then the former country of Yugoslavia. With the end of Tito’s reign there, the country broke up and Serbs used that break up to settle centuries old scores with Bosnians, Croatians, and whoever else they could in the broken up Yugoslavia. They were ruthless and destroyed towns and villages. Hundreds and thousands were killed. More simply disappeared. Churches and other cultural and historical landmarks that had survived for centuries and many previous wars were destroyed in the Serbs’ quest for vengeance and dominance of the area.
And I cried out and demanded that this was something we must do something about. With all of our power, if America could not do something to stop the slaughter and destruction of history there, than what was the point of our power. And eventually Bill Clinton did take action to stop the horror.
Since then we have had Rwanda and Sudan and many more atrocities and horrors committed around the world. When Palestinian terrorists kill an innocent Israeli, Israel responds and ensures that 100 Palestinians (many of them just as innocent as that dead Israeli) are killed, 1,000 are imprisoned without charges, homes are destroyed, and oh, by the way, let’s build more Israeli settlements on what is supposed to be Palestinian land. And yet the world does nothing about this. And nothing about the many other atrocities humans inflict on each other.
In other words, the tragedies just continue and they build and build and build. Terrorist attacks in Europe. More and more terror attacks in America. Senseless slaughters of innocents by crazies who can get guns. Terrorist attacks in the Middle East (in Baghdad and in Kabul and in Yemen and in all points in between) that leave dozens killed and many more injured each time. And we bomb Libya and leave the country in dysfunctional ruin and then Syria explodes and the destruction is total and complete.
And with the latest horror there, we are left with this picture…
I look at this picture and I soooo want to cry and scream and demand that something must be done. We have to do something to stop the slaughter and the horror of what is going on in Syria. Only I can’t. I simply cannot keep feeling the outrage and the need for something to be done as human beings continue to do things like this to each other. I have tragedy fatigue and am beginning to lose the ability to feel the pain and despair that screams from this picture. I am powerless, helpless and hopeless. I look at this poor child who has experienced something beyond my imagination and I am becoming numb to it. Because I am powerless, helpless, and hopeless. There’s nothing I can do. There’s nothing my country can do. There is nothing that can be done because far too many human beings are horrible and evil and … where’s that hole I can crawl into so I no longer see these images and no longer feel the shame of what we do to each other? This will never, ever end.