Another day, and another mass shooting has claimed the lives of many innocents; this time it was 20 children and six adults murdered by 20-year old Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
It’s one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history and it’s just one more in a history of mass killings by lone gunmen that – for whatever reason – decided to take their rage out on a group of people who didn’t deserve to be shot. Some, like the neo-Nazi killer Wade Michael Page, did so in the name of political ideology. But most others seem to have done it due to mental illness, as is the case of Lanza.
Nonetheless, it’s a national tragedy and many people are grieving as though they, too, lost a child in the attack … including Obama, who shed a tear in an unusual moment for a commander-in-chief while he delivered a statement:
“‘Our hearts are broken today for the parents and grandparents sisters and brothers of these children,’ Obama said of the victims. Of those who survived, he said, the parents ‘know that their children’s innocence has been torn away from them too early and there are no words that will ease their pain.’ At the end of his statement, Obama abruptly left the podium without taking questions.”
Touching and perfectly executed. There was only one problem – the whole thing reeked of hypocrisy when seen in the light of the drone war being waged in Afghanistan and Pakistan that’s run in secrecy.
The day before the school shooting, Sajjad Shaukat summed up Obama’s Drone War in his article, “Killing Civilians: Obama’s Drone War in Pakistan“:
“Nonetheless, these strikes are illegal, unethical and a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty as well as the UN Charter. But U.S. warrior President Obama remains intransigent in continuing his secret war through drone attacks.”
By his command, these attacks killed over a hundred Pakistani children – more than were killed at the school – and left their parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers broken-hearted.
I wonder if Obama will shed any tears for them as well?