…and artillery, and tanks, and helicopter gunships, and chemical weapons….What? Did you think this was going to be about James Eagan Holmes, merely the latest psycho-punk that American culture has become increasingly adept at creating?
I’ll just say this: As bad as this latest trajedy is, there’s a worse fate awaiting any people who embrace the wrong values and permit their government to concentrate too much power.
“No government can continue good but under the control of the people; and…. their minds are to be informed by education what is right and what wrong; to be encouraged in habits of virtue and to be deterred from those of vice….These are the inculcations necessary to render the people a sure basis for the structure and order of government.” – Thomas Jefferson
From The Sun: Helicopter gunships and tanks massacred more than 200 villagers in Syrian province of Hama yesterday, opposition activists said. Men, women and children were butchered in the terrifying onslaught – which threatens to be the worst single incident of violence in 16 months of conflict, it was reported.
Diplomacy to halt the bloodshed between rebels and tyrant Bashar al-Assad has been stymied as world powers hit a deadlock. The Sunni village of Taramseh was stormed by pro-government Alawite militia who carried out execution-style killings on Thursday, rebel leaders say. More than 220 people “died from bombardment by tanks and helicopters, artillery shelling and summary executions”, their statement said.
And, as reported by Reuters: A senior Syrian military defector said President Bashar al-Assad’s forces were moving chemical weapons across the country for possible use in a military retaliation for the killing of four top security officials.
“The regime has started moving its chemical stockpile and redistributing it to prepare for its use,” said General Mustafa Sheikh, citing rebel intelligence obtained in recent days. “They are moving it from warehouses to new locations,” he told Reuters in an interview in southern Turkey, close to the Syrian border. “They want to burn the country. The regime cannot fall without perpetrating a sea of blood.”
Final notes: Those who (however rightly) may worry over the self-destructive tendencies clearly evident in our “Western Culture” may be inclined to overlook the battle raging for hearts and minds of all peoples…the psychopathic tensions growing between Sunni and Shia factions being, perhaps, the most critical. Imagine, if you will, a legion of James Holmes unleashed, not in your local movie theatre, but here, there, and everywhere; merely protecting and defending what they will believe and can somehow justify to be right, aided by those – like, say, Vladimir Putin – who rejoice and prosper in wholesale slaughter. – HT