On September 11 2001 an estimated 2, 792 people lost their lives. An act of terrorism some say. Skeptics argue that America’s own government had killed its own people in order to rally troops in a war for oil, a war to boost America’s ailing economy.
Whatever your belief, 2,792 lives were lost, and each of those lives had people to grieve them. On the day it happened — as I am today, I am compelled to wonder why 2,792 lives have garnered more attention than the millions of deaths previous. Is it because mass media projects instant images into our homes? Is it because venues like CNN, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and their ilk keep the essence of this tragedy alive?
Does a tragedy like this justify a nation to condemn the Quiran and all Middle Eastern philosophies? Does it justify racial profiling and segregation of citizens whom worship a particular faith with a particular skin colour? After all over 2000 0000 deaths were attributed to the Christian Crusades through the Middle East. Rape and unspeakable atrocities were committed in the name of “Christ.” Since that time millions of deaths have been attributed to right wing fanatical “Christians.” The same “Christians” that tell you it is okay to burn the Quiran. If a Muslim were to suggest that the bible be burned to vindicate the death of his people, we would call him a terrorist. If one of our people commits this act, it is considered righteous.
I think if we are going to take an accurate look at human atrocities, we need to understand that unspeakable acts have been committed by every race, religion, and creed. Whether you are a person of faith or a person of reflection, I thought I would list these tragedies for your consideration. A list to be added to the 2 792 people. A list to be reviewed so that we may ask ourselves one question? Am I ready to quit blaming others, and be the peace I want to see in the world?
World War Two 72 000 000
An Shi Rebellion 36 000 000
Mongol Conquests 60 000 000
Quing Conquest of Ming dynasty 25 000 000
Tai Ping Rebellion 30 000 000
World War 1 65 000 000
Conquest of Timur 20 000 000
Dungan Revolt 12 000 000
Russian Civil War 9000 000
Second Congo War 5 400 000
Napoleonic Wars 6 500 000
Thirty Year’s War (Holy Roman Empire) 11 500 000
Yellow Turban Rebellion 7000 000
Deluge 4000 000
Korean War 3 500 000
Vietnam War 5 020 000
French Wars of Religion 4000 000
Shaka’s Conguests 2000 000
Crusades 2000 000
Waving flags, book burning and spontaneous acts of patriotism did not save one of these lives nor have any monuments or specialized remembrance days prevented more deaths. We still kill each other today because we refuse to believe we are all one, created by the same amazing force, under the same magnificent sky