Tuesday, April 17, 2007


32 AND 24. Does anyone else think it's rather befuddling--ironic, even--that one day a young man goes on a rampage and kills 32 people on campus at Virginia Tech and the next day the Marine Court announces that all charges have been dropped against a United States Marine who, with his buddies, went on a rampage and slaughtered 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha on November 19, 2005?

A MURDERER MARINE WALKS FREE. A nation grieves and grapples with the question "why" in regard to the VT massacre. And, from the halls of military wisdom, the Marine Corps lets go a murderer. Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz will walk into the future a free man--with his military status clear and clean--in exchange for testifying against his troops. Yet I wonder, when all is said and done, if any of the enlisted or officer Marines who are charged with unpremeditated murder and conspiracy to cover up the slaughter will serve time or receive justice.

WHAT HUMAN VALUE? Was the murder of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq by Marines any more justifiable--or less heinous--than the murder of 32 students and faculty in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA? Are lives in America just more valuable than lives in Iraq? Or do those who wear a uniform and carry a gun in times of war have a special exemption from humane behavior?


  1. Anonymous3:48 AM

    Bikehiker ~ I teach at a Nazarene college. Every Friday of this semester I've been wearing a very home-made shirt that is updated from two websites - the iraq body count website and the cost of iraq war/national priorities website. Today I confessed to my students that I don't understand why as a nation our attention is drawn to a horrendous murder in VA. . . while we overlook the fact that everyday the same number (or more!) of persons are made victims in Iraq. I read your blog often, thanks for it.

  2. Anonymous3:52 AM

    After posting my comment, I noticed (for the first time) your quote from Gil Baillie on your side-bar. Certainly, then, you're familiar with Rene Girard. His work makes sense to me. It, also, makes sense of Christ becoming victim on the cross in order to show us a way out of violence not by using it. The resurrection is God's celebration of Jesus victimization, not his violence, therefore he is Christ.


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