Monday, October 5, 2015


The Doctors Without Borders hospital is seen after explosions in Kunduz.
CreditDoctors Without Borders, via Associated Press

Hospital personnel in Kabul moved an 8-year-old boy, wounded, along with his father, in an American airstrike in Kunduz on Saturday. CreditVictor J. Blue for The New York Times

see Graph from NYT showing target pattern with apparent distance of Taliban from hospital 

These two stories recently superimpose on our newscasts.   They point to the only reliable and most predictable result of our protracted war-on-terror warfighting, and its culture—a collateral damage of death. 
“A crowded hospital in the embattled city of Kunduz that treats war wounded came under attack on Saturday and the American military acknowledged that it may have killed 19 patients, staff members and others at the facility while firing on insurgents nearby.”
 “The airstrike on Saturday set off fires that were still burning hours later, and a nurse who managed to climb out of the debris described seeing colleagues so badly burned that they had died.”
“…Mr. Harper-Mercer [the killer] was deeply involved with firearms and had a small armory during his Snyder Hall rampage: body armor, five handguns, a semiautomatic rifle and several magazines of ammunition. [later reported as owning 14 guns, and also for years, always wore combat boots and green army pants]

A makeshift memorial near the road leading to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.CreditJohn Locher/Associated Press

We have become slaves to our guns.  We debase ourselves in senseless routine violence because of insane desire to protect ourselves at all costs, by any means necessary.  Yet, as in Jesus’ parable of the farmer so pleased with brand new barns for his hoarded grain, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you.” Luke 12:13-21

We are all destined to die—why in a hail of bullets of our hyper-secure society’s own making?  And this while many of us believe that we have been promised new life beyond this world’s death, if we only follow Jesus’ way—the way of unconditional mercy and nonviolent love.


Oregon Gunman’s Father Dismayed by Lack of Gun Legislation - The New York Times
Oregon Killer Described as Man of Few Words, Except on Topic of Guns – The New York Times

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