It has been a heart wrenching week for many parents around the world.
This past week, in Pakistan, Taliban militants executed 141 people, 132 of them children.
Most of those children were kids of soldiers and the attacks claimed to be revenge killings for military attacks against their operations. This reasoning is weak but in the name of their God, their beliefs, their code, they systematically walked from child to child, shooting them to death.
To be so warped to believe this could justify their actions, is frightening.
As the parents, siblings, families and the world grieved, the Pakistani government hunted down the terrorists with swift and lethal justice.
Sad that it won’t change the outcome, or the world for that matter.
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Australia made the news twice in one week as well, and not in a good way.
Earlier this week, in Sydney,a lone gunman held a cafe full of people hostage in a 16 hour standoff, which resulted in the deaths of two innocent people, the hostage taker himself and the traumatization of almost two dozen others that lived through this ordeal.
While the police are left to search for reasons, which appear to be jihadist related, the rest of us are left wondering, what is happening in the world? Why is this happening? And what can the rest of us do about it?
Some questions don’t have answers, and only open the door to more questions…
Yesterday, it was also reported that eight kids were stabbed to death and their mom is in serious condition with multiple stab wounds as well.
Today, it came out that the mother is the one arrested for killing her children.
No reasons were given.
More of these stories keep making their way into our world, infiltrating our consciousness, and we are left to filter out the lessons we need to learn and the way to deal with its aftermath.
Hopefully, for our sakes, we get the first part down well so we don’t have to deal with the second, later.
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The biggest news of the week was the hacking of the Sony Corps Hollywood HQ.
It was confirmed today that North Korea was behind these cyber attacks.
It was intimated that 9/11 attacks would ensue if a film that Sony produced, ‘The Interview,’ was aired, in any theater. In the movie, there is a scene that depicts the attempted assassination of the North Korean leader, which these terrorists did not want us to see.
Until this week, ‘The Interview,’ which was not a must see movie has now been elevated to a movie that everyone has to watch. There could not be bigger publicity for this if they tried.
Because of the threats, this movie was pulled from the Christmas week line up.
On one hand, I understand this action when faced with the need for public safety.
On the other hand, I do not believe we should negotiate with terrorists. If an attack is imminent, nothing will appease those morally abject individuals hellbent on violence. Nothing would have stopped those gunmen from shooting those kids in Pakistan, nothing would have altered the mindset of the 9/11 terrorists on that fateful day and nothing will stop extremists from their next planned mission.
In light of that, I think we should stand up and say ‘No More!’ Should it cost me my life, I would rather live in the light then cower in the dark.
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Once again, I say, It was a tough week.
We are heading into Christmas week with Year’s end soon to follow.
I wish you and yours a lifetime of light and abundance, whether you celebrate Winter’s Solstice or the light of the Son, be well, be merry and know, our time on this plane is limited only by span, not depth. Live deep.
Fair thee well.