The Prime Minister of Israel added a new video:
PM Netanyahu: We stand together with the LGBT community as one.
In Orlando, a terrorist walks into a nightclub and murders nearly 50 human beings. Sons and daughters, brothers and sisters cut down in cold blood.
They did nothing wrong. They were dancing with friends, they were enjoying music with loved ones.
Why did the terrorist murder them?
Because he was driven by a fanatical hatred.
He targeted the LGBT community because he believed they were evil.
Now, the murderer wasn’t alone.
Regimes and terrorist organizations around the world ruthlessly persecute the LGBT community.
In Syria, ISIS throws gays off rooftops.
In Iran, the regime hangs gays from cranes.
Too many people have remained silent in the face of this awful persecution.
This week’s shooting wasn’t merely an attack on the LGBT community. It was an attack on all of us, on our common values of freedom and diversity and choice.
Radical Islamist terror makes no distinction between shades of infidel.
This week it was gays in Orlando. A few days before that it was Jews in Tel Aviv. Before that it was music fans in Paris; Travelers in Brussels; Yazidis in Iraq; Community workers in San Bernardino; Christians and journalists in Syria.
All of us are targets.
We believe that all people are created in the image of God.
ISIS, by contrast, believes that all people who aren’t just like them deserve to die.
We will not be terrified into submission.
We will fight back. And we will triumph.
Today I ask you to reach out to friends in the LGBT community. Comfort them.
Tell them you stand together, we stand together as one. And that you will always remember the victims.
Tell them they will never be alone, that we are all one family deserving of dignity, deserving of life.
I have no doubt that those who seek to spread hate and fear will be defeated.
Working together we will defeat them even faster.
We need to stand united, resolute in the belief that all people regardless of their sexual orientation, regardless of their race, regardless of their ethnicity, all people deserve respect, deserve dignity.
I don’t doubt much of what he has said.
They are noble words.
But I don’t believe that a rational and sane person would walk into any location where people are gathered and begin heartlessly murdering. Anyone that does that has de-humanized his victims and is struggling with his own demons. I don’t doubt that he or others who have committed acts similar have contacted ISIS or proclaimed their allegiance to this form of religious fanaticism. We are thankful that on facebook or some other social media site that they did not express allegiance with and other more confusing groups…
But yes, we have a enemy in these ISIS Religious extremists. This country and many countries have felt the anger, hate and subsequent loss from many antagonists. I suspect even the Palestinian families who have been moved into camps and killed when they attempted to fight back the Israelis and vice versa have felt equally as dedicated to defeating and destroying their enemy.
But this individual was suffering a mental illness. Maybe many of those people who feel paranoid and delusional about their persecution and forced into bloody hateful action are truly metal ill and should be located (as he had been ) and treated. His perspective was obviously twisted and his means of expression was one of violence. And this slaughter was not his first failure to meet societal norms.
But we also have an enemy called public ownership of automatic weapons. We have an enemy called promote hate and division. We have an enemy called shuttered schools. We have an enemy called eliminate art and music and other forms of expression in our country.
We have an enemy called GREED.
Our prisons and mental facilities are full, in fact overly so, with people who are both a danger to themselves and others, but their failure to meet any ability to effectively operate in our society is not as a result of their allegiance to a 3rd party, but people we recognize as just dangerous.
The shooter was recognized as disruptive and anger from the 3rd grade. He was in fights, he was suspended and expelled. He has a long history of anger and lashing out and beating innocents and we gave him a gun. A dealy automatic weapon. I am confident that when he was in his early grades, he was not striking out against religious persecution. He was not being radicalized by ISIS. He was a problem that was pushed on by a system…and again and again and finally.
ISIS may have taken advantage ofhis action but only because they may be as sick or tormented as he was. Everything has a reason.
I wrote a piece on Perspective which has been too much for many.
But I stand by the essence of Terrorism Rationalized.
I do not support it. I do not condone it.
But I also do not accept calm words just because those words are wrapped in a suit and placed in a library as “the right way”.
As I chose a title for this blog piece, I thought that in the same way ISIS was grabbing at credit for the Orlando Shooter’s action, so too was the Prime Minister attemping to capitalize on bloody actions to bolster and attract people to his perspective. We too in Ameica have been told too many times:It is too early to consider gun control. First get past your grieve.. Get passed thinking about the children gunned down or the men and women lieing dead in the streets of San Bernandino or in a night clu in Orlando.
Wait for your grief to pass.
I can only see sick people who have been abandoned by a system.