Saturday, January 10, 2015

somber thoughts

We couldn't watch.  We couldn't look away.

Cable news outlets had wall to wall coverage of the terrorist attacks in France and the inevitable end of the murderous rampage of the terrorists

Paris, sometimes referred to as the City of Light, other times the City of Love became a city of darkness.  A city where hatred reared its ugly murderous head and fear became palpable.

In the end, those who slaughtered journalists met their demise in a printing plant.
The one who took hostages in a Jewish grocery store breathed his last on the floor of a kosher shop.

The horror and drama kept us spell bound as we watched the events unfold in real time.

Ultimately about 20 were killed: terriorists, hostages, police, journalists.


On one news outlet a dual screen showed both the kosher store and the printing plant.  As if that were not enough information, a crawl scrolled along the bottom of the screen with the 'other' news of the day.

I had to read it 2 or 3 times as the words marched along.

2,000 killed in Nigeria by Boko Haram.

While we were transfixed by the events in Paris, hundreds of primarily women, children and the elderly were fleeing from  and being massacred by Boko Haram.

Yet, later that night on the evening news, there was no mention of this during a half hour program, nor the hour long  program.  100 times more people killed than on the streets of Paris.

These 2,000 are voicless.

Though Boko Haram killed 10,000 last year., we don't hear of this.  No dual screens.  No wall to wall interviews of experts.  No on the spot reporting.

I couldn't sleep last night thinking of these defenseless people fleeing before they were gunned down by assault rifles and rpgs.  Mothers carrying infants, elderly limping along as best they could.  Children..Children running for their lives.

Why?  Why murder the defenseless?  Why murder people who have a different point of view?

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!  Amos 5:24

We see death and fear and horror today.  But there will be a day of reckoning, a Day when wrongs are made right.


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