Friday, November 13, 2015

Tonight, I am ...

Terrorist killings in Paris, France
Tonight I am Charlie Hebdo , I am a Coptic Christian, I am a Jew, I am an atheist, I am a marine in the barracks of Lebanon, I am a worker of The World Trade Center, I am the American Ambassador to Libya, I am a passenger of Russian Flight 9268, I am a spectator at the Boston Marathon, I am Daniel Pearl, I am Black Hawk down, I am a woman covered from head to toe in cloth and I have no rights, I am a 5 year old boy now called a “Bacha Bazi”, I am an 8 year old Zoroastrian girl whose family was slaughtered like animals before her eyes and then sold into a life of sexual slavery, I am Filmmaker Theo van Gogh, I am a sailor on the USS Cole, I am a disenfranchised citizen who was pushed aside to make room for the “Refugees”, I am a US Embassy worker in Kenya, I am the abused citizen of any nation, state or municipality that denies its lawful citizens the right to protect themselves, I am the millions of names of the victims lost to history (or more commonly, deliberately excluded).  Yes, I am every victim from the 7th century until this day in Paris.  Woe is me, for I am a victim of the “Junior Varsity Team”!.