(This makes me so mad!)
The detracting posts have started rolling in on Facebook about Brussels.
They can be divided into two types:
- The ones who belittle what happened by saying “it happens all the time in the third world but is underreported”
- The other ones that blame the victims by means of collective guilt.
To 1: We are equally outraged and upset when these things happen in the third world. But: It happened in Brussels NOW. For heavens’ sakes allow the world a moment to grieve! You heartless monsters!
What upsets me more than anything is that it is preventable – both in Europe and in the third world, if people would just be able to catch the real perpetrators – the politicians and evil religious leaders behind the movement – and deal with them as they deserve.
To 2: I have no words to describe my anger at this one.
No! Civilians have never “deserved” attacks by violent criminals. Not ever, not in any way.
Collective guilt was used by anti-Semites through the ages to victimize the Jewish. You want to walk that path? Are you justifying Hitler? A baby born is not born guilty. A young child or even young adult who has never personally harmed anyone, regardless which strata of society they were born into, is not guilty! The UN at some point declared the doctrine of collective guilt as not only invalid but an offense against humanity. (Original reference needed – I can only link to where I read this.)
Yes, the mainstream media prefer reporting some things more than others. (Example: The endless, almost daily murders of farming families happening here are practically unreported.) But that does not make what happened in Brussels any less horrible.
So! Enough. A bit of respect for the victims’ families please, Facebook monsters!