The young stake great claim on the idea they are empathetic to the plight of the poor, the down trodden, the racial minority, the persecuted, or the sexually different. If they don’t appear to be empathetic they are ridiculed and bullied into either acceptance or subjugation. The liberal political movement carries on with that message and employs the same tactics as the young. They will belittle, shame, or bully until they seem to get their way. It is my opinion, those who cry out the loudest demanding empathy and acceptance usually have a personal and political agenda they are pushing as they attempt to gain a position of strength.
This brings me to the terror attack on the music concert in Manchester, England.
Over the next several days and weeks we will see social media plastered with signs of condolences, empathy, and concern. You will probably see FB add the UK flag as an optional background to your profile picture, you will see “I stand with Manchester,” or perhaps, “Cry for the Children.” Many will come from the same voices who demand the government take no to action stop the movement of terrorists until such an event as Manchester occurs. In a month or so, the voices of support will die down and the chants supporting those who inflict these random massacres will resume, until the next event.
How easy it is to seem empathetic when it costs you nothing. How hard it is to actually see the different course ahead, especially when it comes at the need to assess or reassess your personal position and morality. Terror and terror attacks affect a minuscule percentage of a population, but by their nature they receive far more publicity than almost anything else. That is precisely what the leadership of a terror group seeks. Their whole agenda is to weaken the established order and the government, which controls the order.
It doesn’t matter if it is ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Red Brigades, the PLF/PLO, the IRA, Colombian drug cartels and the Marxist groups they fund, BLM, or the Ku Klux Klan, they survive, function, and grow through intimidation and the weakening of the establishment in the eyes of a disenchanted population (usually a growing minority). The misplaced empathy from those who “feel” their pain only serves to give them the support, both financially and politically, they need to continue to inflict death and suffering on random groups.
While I grieve for the loss of life, I cannot yet commemorate them, for this is not an end, or even the beginning of the end, they are just victims of a war that half the world refuses to win. Memorials are for the ends of wars, not for those who are still engaged.
So, as you return to your protests of this administration, save me your false empathy.