I just found something amazing while doing research for a project, written by “MammaBear” on shakesville.com: “Tsarnaev Cites War as Motivation for Bombing”:
“I don’t know how to articulate this properly, but I am very upset over family, friend, acquaintances inability to see that there are people who live in Iraq and Afghanistan and the other more than 150 countries we have soldiers in, and that sometimes those people don’t like one bit how they’re being treated by these troops, and when we do things like kill their children and use drones to totally ignore national borders and stuff, these people will be upset with us.
It’s like they’re not real people, who are experiencing real terrible things at the hands of the US, that we would never, ever tolerate in this country.
Last week while we were having Boston and West, in Bangalore they had a bombing too with six people significantly injured and when I discussed it with other people I know all I got was a shrug and where even is that anyway? Same thing with the horrid China earthquake. Even one relative said to me that ‘life doesn’t matter to those people the way it does to us, they’ll just carry on, you’ll see’ but I think they’re totally wrong.”
And there was another awesome response by “Meganology”:
Even one relative said to me that ‘life doesn’t matter to those people the way it does to us, they’ll just carry on, you’ll see’ but I think they’re totally wrong.
Yes, they do carry on in the face of violence. They carry on when there are bombs dropping on their neighborhoods, when some of their neighbors are dying in their homes, when school is called off because it’s not safe to go. They carry on when they hear military planes flying overhead. They carry on when a relative is jailed and nobody knows when he’s getting out or can even visit him.
And that? Is not the same as those things not mattering to them. They keep going because what the hell else are they supposed to do? There’s work to be done, bread to be baked, gardens to be tended, a shop to be run, because if you stop doing those things in the midst of fear then there won’t be food for people to eat. There’s schoolwork to be done because somebody has to make sure that the kids have whatever chance they can get at a better future. It’s not like they care any less or grieve any less or fear any less. It’s that this has been going on for so long that they’ve had no choice but to find ways of coping with it. It’s precisely because they care that they keep on doing what they’ve got to do to survive.”