1809- 3 THINGS
First- Sanford Florida.
The case of Zimmerman and the Black kid.
As most of you have heard by now- Zimmerman was this neighborhood watch guy and he saw a Black kid walking thru the area.
To Zimmerman- for whatever reason- he thought the kid looked suspicious [you know- Black kid walking- yeah- very strange!]
So as any good citizen would do- he stalked the kid!
As you listen to the 911 calls- it seems as if this Black kid realized some guy in a vehicle is following him and he gets scared.
Even though the dispatcher tells Zimmerman not to follow the kid- Zimmerman replies ‘these type always get away’.
Then you hear from the 911 tapes- Zimmerman confronts the scared kid- the kid is screaming for his life- and Zimmerman kills him- you know- with the gun he uses for ‘self defense’.
No arrest- the cops say it was self defense.
Geez- if this was self defense- keep me away from Sanford.
Obviously Zimmerman murdered the kid in cold blood.
Sure- maybe he should not get convicted for the most severe type of murder- but this guy needs to go to prison for this stunt.
Second- George Clooney.
This past week Clooney has made the rounds on the talk shows- and even got arrested at the Sudanese embassy in D.C.
He has been bringing awareness to the tragedy going on in the Sudan [Africa].
Last year I wrote a few posts on the situation. Sudan had a referendum and the south split from the north.
Clooney did say ‘this is the world’s most recent nation’.
Actually he got that wrong [go back a post or 2 and read my post on Barqa].
But overall he did well.
What’s going on in Sudan is actually worse than what’s happening in Syria.
In Syria- the president- Assad- has indiscriminately bombed civilian cities [Homs] - it is an overreaction that has killed many innocent people [some estimates are around 10,000].
But yet- it is a ‘reaction’.
A response to a popular uprising in the country.
In Sudan- the govt. is simply dropping [literally- rolling them off the planes] bombs on women and children- to get them to move out of the Nuba mountain area- so the govt. can take the land.
The people living in the area- they have already missed the last year of the planting season- and they can’t plant this year because of the bombs- many are on the verge of starvation- and they are living under rocks and in caves because of the bombing.
This truly is a tragedy- and I commend Clooney for his activism.
And last but not least- sergeant Bales.
Yes- we now have had a few reports on the soldier accused of killing 16 civilian Afghans.
As the portrait is being drawn- we see a sad story.
By all accounts Bales grew up as a great kid- well liked and a truly good guy.
He joined the military a few months after 911- and was one of those kids who said ‘this won’t happen on my watch’ type of thing.
He had already seen multiple tours of duty in combat zones- and suffered some severe injuries as a result [lost part of his foot and had some head injuries].
He is married and has 2 small kids.
He owned 2 homes- one was foreclosed on- the other he agreed to sell at a 50,000 dollar loss- one of those unfortunate guys who is ‘underwater’ on his mortgage [you owe more than the house is worth].
On his wife’s blog- she wrote that they were trying to deal with these losses by the possibility that their next tour of duty would be in Germany- Italy or maybe Hawaii.
Bales said the military told him they would not send him back into a combat zone.
Then he got the news that they were going to Afghanistan instead.
Now- all these things obviously do not justify the killing of civilians- but we need to see that our govt. also plays a role- a responsibility- if we are stressing guys to the limit.
The day before the incident- Bales witnessed his friend getting his leg blown off.
Everybody in the company was upset about the injury.
It is said that Bales was drinking the day of the killings- and by all accounts- it looks like a tragic story of a good man- who snapped.
In all these cases- the killing of the Black kid- Sudan- and Bales- we as a nation get mad.
We see the injustices- the victims- and even the very real humanity of those who perpetrate the crime [Bales].
We want- and should- give people the benefit of the doubt.
But we should also make sure we are not simply overlooking a real crime- because it’s just easier to say ‘oh- self defense’.
The 2 chapters I recommend for the week are John chapter 3 [born again- Jesus] and Ephesians chapter 2 [saved by grace].
If I remember I will comment on them before the week is out.
But they do talk about forgiveness- God sending his Son into the world- not to condemn the world- but to save it.
As we pray for these situations- and also seek justice where it needs to be done [Sudan- Fla.] we need to keep in mind both sides [Bales].
While we never want to overlook a serious offense- we also want to be aware of the overall situation.
Are we stressing our guys too much?
Should guys who have had multiple serious injuries- loosing parts of their limbs- should we be sending them into combat zones 3 or 4 times?
Like I said- no excuses for the wrong done- but have we also done wrong- by putting him there?
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