Selective respect for life?

At least 30 people were killed in England this morning.

At least 27 people were killed in Iraq this week.

The people killed in England were killed using deadly weapons.

The people killed in Iraq were killed using deadly weapons.

The people killed in England were killed by foreigners who had not been asked by the country's government to enter the country for the purpose of detonating weapons.

The people killed in Iraq were killed by foreigners who had not been asked by the country's government to enter the country for the purpose of detonating weapons.

The people killed in England were killed by people who are believed to have disagreed with England's government and who are not believed to have known anything specific about the people killed.

The people killed in Iraq were killed by people who are believed to have disagreed with Iraq's government and who are not believed to have known anything specific about the people killed.

The people killed in England all had families and friends and communities who are now trying to understand why their loved one was taken from them.

The people killed in Iraq all had families and friends and communities who are now trying to understand why their loved one was taken from them.

I am being told to mourn the deaths of the people in England and am being told to call their killers "terrorists."

I am being told to take pride in the deaths of the people in Iraq and am being told to call their killers "heroes."

Why?


3 comments:

carpundit said...

eeka,

That's misleading for many reasons. I'll just mention one: the military operations in Iraq are designed not to injure innocent civilians, whereas the terror attacks in England were designed specifically to injure innocent civilians.

There is also rampant terrorism in Iraq, resulting in the deaths of many innocents. Your opposition to the war is reasonable, but I think you reach to far to equate soldiers with terrorists.

CP

eeka said...

The military operations in Iraq are killing civilians though: http://icasualties.org/oif/

I guess I have a problem with making a distinction between killing people who are enlisted in the military and those who aren't. All people have families and loved ones and all come from the same creator. I think it's wrong to take any life for any reason. It isn't up to any human to decide that we know who should live and who shouldn't. Especially given that we always look back and realize how barbaric and misinformed we were. I wish we as a species could look forward or look around and realize this.

carpundit said...

Motive makes a difference. The accidental killing of innocents is terrible. The intentional killing of innocents is worse. Yes, dead is dead. But it matters to the living.

Like all sane people, I oppose random killing and I oppose all killing that is not essential to self-defense. But I am not willing to consider all killings morally equivalent.

There is a difference between the London subway bombers and the United States Marines.