COLLATERAL DAMAGE

A smart bomb destroys a neighborhood killing fifty-two people.  These fifty-two people make up seven families.  One of the families is a mother and her four children.  The children range in age from 4 years to 12 years.  The woman’s husband, and father of the children, is not home.  All the other families die together.  All are civilians with no ties to any terrorist organizations.  This includes the woman’s husband.

If the Western media reports this bombing at all, then it reports that a jet took out a military target.  If word leaked out that a smart bomb killed innocent civilians, then a military spokesperson will list the deaths as collateral damage.  No names.  No information about their lives.  Just collateral damage.

The husband and father returns to find his home and neighborhood destroyed, and his wife and children dead.  Shock, grief, anger, and then hate run through him.  He decides he has no reason to live and will get revenge before he dies.

The Western media reports that a Muslim terrorist, using an AK-47, massacred twenty-six innocent people in a shopping mall before police shot him dead.  The Western media lists the names of the twenty-six victims, and gives information about their lives.  People, in Western countries, hold candlelight vigils for the victims.  Leaders express shock and outrage over the terrorist’s “barbaric act.”  They vow to step up the war on terrorism, and pass new laws to make people safe.

The Bible and The Quran state, “Thou shall not kill.”  What would the world be like if Christians and Muslims obeyed this law?

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About Gary Johnston

I am an imaginary number -- a symbol used to count and measure. As Senior Imaginary Number at Einstein Equations Incorporated, I facilitate the calculation of the impossible.

Posted on January 9, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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