Sunday, July 17, 2016
GAVIN LONG: BATON ROUGE POLICE KILLER, AMERICA WE HAVE A PROBLEM.
Icheoku says it appears America is in denial, trying always to explain away certain things that happen, instead of seeing them for what they are - real problems requiring real urgent solutions; and trying to find lasting solutions to solving these problems. Like NASA astronauts would say, Houston, we have a problem; Icheoku says America, we have a problem and that problem is that so many disaffected and disillusioned Americans are tired of what is and cannot take it anymore.
The issue has now taken a completely scary direction that should give everybody serious concern because of the calibre of people now voluntarily sacrificing their lives to register their disenchantment. First we had the Dallas shooter, a former US army; and now the Baton Rouge shooter, another former US Marine and you wonder what indeed is really going on? Icheoku says dismissing these people as mere lone wolves and disgruntled Americans, is not the answer; but finding out why they did what they did towards preventing such future happenstance is the key here.
They are increasingly exacting some serious tolls on police officers, who are merely doing their job, but who these avengers see as representing those institutions which had shortchanged them for so many years and continues to shaft them till this day. These uniformed police officers provide them with readily available easy targets for their vengeance. In Dallas five police officers were killed and the gun man lost his life, blown up by a robot bomb. Again in Baton Rouge three police officers have been dispatched to the world beyond with the gun man also dead. So on the average, as to eight police officers killed and two gunmen killed, these killers are having the upper hands and this statistics is not what America should live with nor tolerate.
Enough of this madness; it is about time a long lasting solution is found to the plague that is ravaging the country. One death is far too many, talkless of eight or ten as the case may be. Icheoku says it is a frightening scenario when people, looking so lovingly as the Dallas shooter as well as the Baton Rouge shooter, go all out in this manner to register their disgust at a system many consider unfair and unjust and you wonder where are we headed to as a country?
The other fear is that there are possibly thousands of these people still lurking around and contemplating whether or not to follow in their footsteps and wrought their own terror at the opportune time. Possibly these folks have given up, having decided that living should not just be only about waking up every day. They wanted more and they desired more; especially after serving their country at the risk to their lives only to come back to a country that does not fully accept or acknowledged them as genuine or full citizens. It is frightening as it is gut wrenching that former military officials are now the instrument of death of police officials and somebody is trying to explain this development away?
Icheoku says a state of despondency is the worst place for anyone to ever be because it leads to such catastrophic consequences as we have seen just within the past few several days. It should give every one some concern and provoke in each American the need to show cause in actually and truly making everyone feel inclusive of the society in whatever little way they can help. We are all in it together and the Baton Rouge nightmare shows that it is not just only white people or their police officers that is at risk; one of the three killed was a black police officer.
People see these officers as representing something that is frightful and in the words of Gavin Long, bullish. The times are not good and it is about time, Americans wake up to the reality of the now and start doing something about the things that are rubbing people off so wrongly to decide that life is not worth living anymore. Preemptive and proactive steps are needed now more than ever before to nip the root cause of these disillusionment in the bud; rather than trying to disavow such actors as loonies or disgruntled strays of the society. Just like President Obama said last week in Dallas that it will not be the last time police people are shot and killed in America, no one knew it was going to be this soon.
Further, driving these people underground by hunting them down or becoming more repressive will not solve the problem. What is going on is terrible and it did not start today and the many years of protests and peaceful agitation do not seem to resolve things and the lackadaisical attitude seem to fan this disillusioned minds into acting out. Icheoku says we all need to come together and start being the best neighbor we can be to one another and try to share what we have as Americans with each other and not just a few getting alright while many others are left wallowing in abject depravity and feeling of not wanted. Who knows for whom the bell tolls and may God protect his children and keep them safe; may God grant the departed some repose.