POSTED RESPONSE TO COLUMN IN THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
Desensitized to violence?
Good Lord, look at the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A million dead souls in Iraq and a great city where half the people still don't even have water.
When a man like the one who did this shooting decides he will strike out against injustices he alone perceives, how is he behaving any differently than the American government at its highest level?
America left three million dead in Vietnam, left a sea of poisonous Agent Orange and millions of landmines to cripple farmers for decades.
All for nothing. How is this in any way different than the acts of such a man?
Again, Israel's brutal assault on Lebanon, killing 1500 people and leaving behind a million hideous cluster-bomb bomblets to cripple for years. The deliberate targeting of UN observers?
All this done on the most feeble excuse. All done for nothing.
We even have a Prime Minister who saw nothing wrong with the barbarism, even calling into question the murdered UN workers who bravely stayed at their post.
Where do we find the ethical base to discuss a man like this?
Sadly, we have none. We are a planet of nasty chimpanzees.