Charred remains of room in trauma hospital run by Doctors Without Borders
Kunduz – Afghanistan – October 3, 2015
Photo Credit: Daily Mail/Associated Press
At home and abroad, Americans are on a killing spree. I struggle to understand what’s driving our propensity to violence. As a nation, we also seem to have become numb to this violence.
We do little to nothing to address the scourge of young, white, male loners who go on killing sprees in our schools, colleges, cinemas, and other public places. Our guns, it seems, are more sacred than the lives of our children.
Then there are cases of policemen who go rogue. What’s more, they show a preference for African American targets. Anything – even daring to look at them – is an excuse for killing. Peaceful demonstrators against such injustices must face a police force armed for war.
It gets worse. Our highly trained armed forces, equipped with the most advanced killing machines, are on an unending killing spree in Iraq, Afghanistan, and now we’re putting “boots on the ground” in Syria. Our tax dollars is funding this killing spree of innocent people – women, children, and other non-combatants – caught in the crossfire of waging armed forces. Even the wounded being treated in hospitals are no longer safe.
On October 3, our air force bombed a 140-bed trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan, run by the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF), killing 13 staff members, 10 patients, and 7 unrecognizable bodies yet to be identified.
Because of our endless killing spree, millions of people have fled their homelands in search of refuge. Because of our endless killing spree, we are feeding the monster of our own creation.
What’s happening to us as a people, as a nation? We seem to have lost regard for human life, especially when that life is non-white, communist, or Muslim. The blood of millions of innocent victims among the rubble of our killing fields now flow through our veins. Yes, whether Americans accept it or not, we the people also share the guilt for these war crimes against humanity.
It’s no accident that zombies – also known as the walking dead and the undead – are now part of our pop culture. We are fast becoming a nation of zombies under the spell of the ruling One Percent that feeds on misery, chaos, disasters, and warfare. We can break this spell, reclaim our humanity. We can say no to endless war. We can work towards a World Beyond War. The choice is ours.
To understand the dynamics of America’s endless wars, I recommend teleSUR’s Empire Files exploring the U.S. Empire, its rise to world hegemony and its impact on people and the planet. The first file, The Rise of History’s Biggest Empire, was released on September 5, 2015.