Dec. 24, 2014 By Jack Jodell.
As I look out over the dark, freshly slush-covered streets this Christmas Eve night, I feel many mixed emotions. I am pondering the millions of innocent victims whose lives were either stolen from them or were negatively altered in some horrible way. Yes, even in this time of joy I am haunted by these thoughts, although the victims I shall soon describe are undoubtedly far from the thoughts of most of this season’s merrymakers. Yet they are real and persons I cannot forget about or lightly dismiss, especially at this particular time of year! Regarding VICTIMS, tonight my thoughts go out to the families of the slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. I think of those poor innocent 6 and 7 year-olds and their teachers who were ruthlessly murdered, just before Christmas, and my heart still goes out to their grieving families, these years later. I think, very sadly, how justice has been denied for all of them, and how utterly senseless the murders were. I also think of the VICTIMIZERS – those who insist that any and all restrictions on guns must be forbidden, making it relatively easy for kooks to commit mass murder. This, of course, refers to the rabid leaders of the NRA and all of their paranoid and deluded followers in Congress.. Such people are cruel and very cold-hearted. To insist that the solution to violent gun deaths or mass murders is even more gun ownership is incredulous to me – where is the sanity here?
I also think of the Jews who needlessly died, so cruelly, in the awful Holocaust in Europe brought on by the Nazis in the 1940s – how they were herded up like cattle and slaughtered en masse – just to satisfy the hatred and lust for power by a demented group of far-right extremists! Where was the sanity there? And what of the current beleaguered Palestinians? Today’s Israelis are confiscating their property, dispossessing them, depriving them of their liberty – much as the Nazis did to the Jews less than a century beforehand! Can’t these modern-day Jews understand that what they are doing today so closely resembles what was done to them by the Nazis, and that two wrongs do NOT make a right? Where, might I ask, is the sanity THERE? How can a people be a victim AND a victimizer? Don’t they know any better, and are they fools?
Then I think about the hundreds of thousands of innocent people who met an early, untimely death during the horrific 9/11 attacks? And why have so many been senselessly maimed and murdered in the Iraq War, begun in 2003 by bloodthirsty, lustful, greedy war criminals like DICK Cheney, George W. Bush, and Donald Rumsfeld – how could such evil, deluded, paranoid types ever come to rule a great nation and trick it into such a costly and immoral war? How could they rendition and torture innocent people as they did? Why did so many innocents languish in Guantanamo for years at a time as they did, completely cut off from friends and family? How is it these paranoid victimizers have gotten away scot-free? And how is it that President Obama can continue their misdeeds by indiscrim9inately killing thousands with drone strikes? Where is the sanity HERE, and where is the JUSTICE as well? Why have so many victimizers been allowed to run rampant?
Let us also never forget those who have died because they were non-Caucasian here in America. Martin Luther King, Jr., Treyvon Martin, Eric Garner, and perhaps millions of indigenous Native Americans dating back for several centuries fit in here. Their victimizers were racist whites and conquering white European soliers. Here, who was the savage and who was the civilized? And where was justice?
And what of the millions of people worldwide who had to suffer devastating economic loss in the recent Great Recession of 2008? Why have those who caused them their misery and destroyed their livelihood been allowed to go scot-free without any punishment whatsoever? Why have these outright villains been allowed to continue on, unregulated, to prey upon and create new victims? These are but a tiny few of the great many victims who have suffered due to the actions of extremely bad victimizers throughout history. Unfortunately, there have been many, MANY more!
Then, too, we have seen numerous victims who weren’t deliberately victimized but who suffered needlessly due to the negligence of others. In this case, I think of those who died or suffered radiation sickness and later died painful cancer deaths due to the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl and Fukishima, to name but two,
These are, admittedly, dark thoughts to be having on Christmas Eve. However, humankind’s inhumanity to their fellow human cannot be denied. We cannot allow ourselves to forget so many needless victims. ALL the world’s major and minor religions teach us to be considerate, generous, empathetic, forgiving, and supportive of our fellow human being. Let us remember that as we celebrate this holiday season. Let us strive to never become a victimizer, just as we strive to avoid becoming victims. Let us resolve to observe the Golden Rule, and to always do unto others as we would have them do unto us, shall we?
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL – MAY YOU FIND THE LOVE, HAPPINESS, COMFORT and SECURITY WE ALL SEEK AND NEED! 🙂