Vail Daily column: Donating for death
“The world is looking to us, the United States of America, to come together and save these people.”
These words were spoken last week with the greatest of sincerity by our commander in chief, assuring us, along with the rest of the world, that once again Americans can be counted on to help solve the world’s biggest issues of the day.
And on this particular day it had to do with the Ebola epidemic.
So big surprise — we’re a charitable bunch.
In fact, in 2013 more than 95 percent of American households gave an average of just under $3,000 to charities totaling $334 billion, to help pay for research to hopefully find cures and supply aid for diseases like Alzheimer’s, Ebola, measles, malaria, AIDS, influenza, etc.
Some went so far as to charitably dump ice on their head to, I suppose, help prove one point or another.
Each of these ailments kill with absolute impunity, never caring a lick about who, where or when they kill; they can, so they do.
Yet why don’t we ever hear: “The world is looking to us, the United States of America, to come together and kill these people.”
Religious terrorists kill with absolute impunity, never caring a lick about who, where or when they kill; they can, so they do.
On another particular day last week, Congress was asked, and approved, to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels to combat ISIS. “Moderate” is the key word in that sentence, as it magically applies to the FSA (Free Syrian Army), which we now arm (read: pay for) to fight ISIS, which was formed by a splinter group of FSA rebels that we refused to arm during the past few years to fight the Assad regime in Syria because it wasn’t our fight, which is what the majority of Americans agreed.
Don’t worry, so is everyone else.
So I am asking what’s more important to the future of mankind, solving diseases like Ebola and Alzheimer’s or ridding the world of religious fanaticism?
Of course the question is rhetorical, but the answers are muddled. Through charities we’ll send incredible amounts of money to fund the curing and saving of people, but you never see a charity involved in the killing.
Yes, we pay taxes to defend the so-called “American way of life,” but we also pay taxes to fund science and medical research, yet no one has ever asked for charitable donations to help fund the defense of the “American way of life.”
And silly political fundraisers to get someone elected don’t count.
If a group like ISIS is so damned threatening to Americans, why aren’t there kids in front of Wal-Mart collecting money to “Terminate the terrorists!” or “Exterminate the extremists!”? Why are there no golf tournaments, duck races, fun runs, bake sales, car washes or auctions raising money directly to fund the killing of bad guys thousands of miles away?
Come on, if America can come together to save these people then America can come together to kill all these other people, right?
Or is it because we’re chock full of morons who wait in line for days to buy a new phone or who are too busy trying to reverse the law of Obamacare or arguing over the morals of allowing those guilty of domestic violence and child abuse to play in the NFL?
I’ll let you decide.
Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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