Did you receive a letter that looks like this from your health insurance provider?
Dear Susan Lapin (obviously, it would be your name here, not mine),
It has come to our attention that you did not vote for Barack Obama either in 2008 or in 2012. For this reason, you are not responsible for the Affordable Care Act commonly known as Obamacare. Since you are an innocent victim of this law, we will be reducing your premium to its previous rate and not limiting your coverage as we are forced to do to most of our subscribers.
Your health insurance
You didn’t get such a letter? Neither did I. When we are citizens of a nation and its leaders institute faulty policies, everyone suffers. I am not really an innocent victim; I am part of a group and affected by those group dynamics. If I realized the ramifications of the last vote, perhaps I would have worked harder, spent more time and money and been more vocal in the last election cycle. Even had I done more, the candidate whom (although I was deeply disappointed in him) I thought was hands-down the better choice might still have lost. That is reality.
The liberal press and government seems to understand this when it comes to Obamacare and other policies of this administration. Otherwise, letters like the one above would be standard and anyone who didn’t vote for the winner of an election would be exempt from that person’s policies. Why then, are the liberal press as well as America’s president and his officials so focused on the ‘innocent victims of Gaza’? The Palestinians elected into leadership a terrorist party openly obsessed more with the destruction of Israel than with the welfare of its citizens. Yes, it is tragic when a newborn Gazan baby is killed whether or not his father chose to store missiles in his nursery. However, his death isn’t due to the Israeli Defense Force, but a consequence of his parents’ ideology. What if his parents are among the few, extraordinarily brave ones who oppose Hamas? (Brave because such people are usually executed by Hamas.) Sadly, the baby is still part of a group that elected to go the wrong way. That is reality.
The lowest projection of how many residents of Dresden, Germany lost their lives in the Allied bombing during W.W.II. is 25,000. Estimates range up to over 100,000. It is reasonable to assume that not every one of those killed or injured voted Hitler into power and that some citizens might have actively belonged to resistance organizations. Certainly, there were infants and babies among the dead. They were part of a group that opted for evil and so they suffered.
In World War II, American fighters had to adjust to the reality of kamikaze pilots who dive-bombed American ships, aiming to kill everyone aboard. Instead of assuming that the enemy wanted to stay alive as much as American soldiers did, the Japanese were eager to embrace death as long as they took Allied forces with then. America did its best to shoot down kamikaze pilots. Had each kamikaze pilot taken along an infant on his suicide flight, would American sailors have held their fire? Not if the country wanted to survive. It would have been tragic, but only fools, terribly naïve people, or enemies of America would have laid responsibility for the infant’s death at the feet of the U.S.A.
In a world where we are inter-related, being an innocent victim isn’t so simple. That is reality. Or, if you prefer, innocent victim are often the victims of foolish and/or evil rulers, not of whoever pulls the trigger.
The phrase “innocent victim” implies both a degree of randomness as well as a moral high ground vs. the one causing the damage. We can be truly horrified at the death of children without making the mistake of assuming that those who control them automatically hold the moral high ground. We often prosper and suffer based on the actions of those around us. That is reality and why it is so important to vote and speak up, standing firmly and unequivocally for what is right.
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