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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Innocence is an illusion.

There's a lot of partisan wingnuttery floating about the intra-webs today, this fourth anniversary of the worst attack on our soil since Pearl Harbor. I'm not going to talk about where I was that morning, which looked much like this morning--beautiful blue sky, breezes, bright sunshine. I'm not going to talk about how Dale still cries when he sees footage, as he was in and out of the World Trade Center every day until that day--that's his story. I'm not going to talk about my visit to Ground Zero, either.

What I am going to do is present another bit of partisan wingnuttery, to counteract the link above. Read on, make your own conclusions.

In 1963, John F. Kennedy was killed by a white American man with a military background.

In 1961, 16 people were killed and 31 wounded by a sniper in the University of Texas tower who was a white American male with a military background.

In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed by a white American male with a military background.

In the 60s, 13 women were brutally strangled to death by a white American male with a military background.

At Kent State in 1970, 4 students were killed by white American males with military backgrounds.

In the 1970's, 6 young New Yorkers were killed and 6 more were wounded by the Son of Sam killer who was a white American male with a military background.

On July 18th, 1984, 21 people were killed and 19 wounded in a McDonald's restaurant by a white American male with a military background.

From 1974-1977 and again in the 80s, Wichita Kansas was terrorized by the brutal slayings and torture of children and others by the "BTK killer" who was a white American male with a military background.

In 1991, 22 people were gunned down at a Luby's in Killen, TX by a white American male with a military background.

On April 19, 1995 a bomb that tore through the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killing 168 people - 19 of them children - and injuring hundreds was placed by A white American male with a military background.

The "Olympic bombing" in Atlanta in 1996 which killed 1 spectator and wounded 111 others and several abortion clinic bombings (one which killed an off-duty police officer) were perpetrated by a white American male with a military background.

Innocence is an illusion. So is freedom and liberty. What matters is the love and compassion we show each other in our daily lives, because, as we learned so horribly this past August, disaster can strike anywhere, anytime, and often with no one to blame.

(With IMMENSE thanks to Trusty Ghetto, where I first saw this list of facts presented.)

4 Comments:

Anonymous mooalex said...

Hi Courtney! To commemorate 9/11, I've decided to visit every single blog on my blogroll today. I appreciate the entertainment and enjoyment you provide, and I wish you peace and happiness.
LJ

3:43 PM  
Blogger Easy said...

Amen, and amen.

12:11 AM  
Blogger trusty getto said...

You go, girl!

Should we come up with a few more? I'm sure we can!

2:16 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

Thank you for the wonderful counterpoint.

As a white American male with a military background it made me quite uncomfortable - as it should.

There is a real problem with a segment of the Moslem world, and as you pointed out there is another different problem with a part of the military world (you could have made a black or hispanic military list but this is much more effective, as it was intended).

I know where I was on 9/11 and I know what I was thinking... Don't jump to conclusions like we did with Oklahoma City and point the finger outside at the middle east, and I hope the folks I was talking to at the world trade center made it out (they didn't).

Later I learned that one of my cousins had been one of the firefighters that ran into the building on a one way trip.

There's not room for hate, not even for the men who took control of the planes. There's only the job of finding the causes and addressing them - and not through more killing unless that becomes THE ONLY way.

Good post, I think I'll copy it to the hard drive and use it myself later.

11:21 PM  

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