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31 May 2014
Two letters in the International New York Times yesterday 30 May 2014:
1. Times reader ‘Bruce’ from San Diego: “We have been the world’s cop for decades, spending the lifeblood of our young and billions of our money that could have gone to fixing our own problems. The problems we set out to solve are still there (Russia, Israel & Palestine, Asia) and we have raised a crop of new problems with people who now hate us…..”
2. Jay Saxena from San Francisco: “There has been one major terrorist attack on U.S. and we have put in place security checks at airports, invaded two countries [Iraq and Afghanistan], killed Osama bin Laden and launched counterterrorist operations around the world, and spent billions to fight the threat. Since Columbine, there have been over 30 school and college shootings and we have done nothing. Gun violence is terrorism. The N.R.A. [National Rifle Association] should be banned and very, very strict gun ownership laws put in place.”
Telling it like it is.
Columbine refers to a massacre at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, on 20 April 1999. For reasons unknown, two senior pupils, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, using guns and explosives, murdered 12 of their fellow students and a teacher as well as injuring 27 other people. They then committed suicide.
The major terrorist attack on the United States refers, of course, to the assault on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington on 11 September 2001. More than 3 000 people were killed.
You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts. For instance:
1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)
2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)
3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)
4. Capitalism in practice (4 July 2012)
- Ladder (21 June 2012)
6. A tale of two cities (1) (6 June 2012)
7. A tale of two cities (2) (7 June 2012)
8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)
Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.