- Waller deemed competent to stand trial (1/11/17)5
- Young Elvis impersonator from Bernie performs on 'Ellen DeGeneres Show' (1/12/17)
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)7
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Two men shot after argument; houses also struck by bullets (1/12/17)21
- 113 drug tests at Jackson High net one instance of illicit usage (1/11/17)15
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)14
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)1
- Two Cape men recovering after shooting (1/13/17)
- Governor cuts $146 million, colleges take hit (1/17/17)
U.S. has culture of violence
There is an old Indian proverb that goes, "Like king, like subjects." As we all know, the U.S. was born from a violent revolution, and the violent Civil War saved it. Over the past 100 years the U.S. fought seven great wars in which hundreds of thousand of young men and women died and were injured, not to mention millions of people of other nations. It seems like now the U.S. is addicted to foreign wars at any cost to its people and its culture, and is constantly looking for every opportunity to drop bombs on people it perceives as a threat to its security.
The rest of the world sees the U.S. as a trigger-happy nation, which never misses an opportunity to wage war against any nation it imagines is a threat to its security, regardless of how destructive it might be to Americans themselves.
We can see such "might-is-right attitude" even in the government's dealings with its own people. The incident at Waco, Texas (1993) is an example. The FBI could have quietly arrested David Koresh in the parking lot of the grocery shop where he regularly went shopping. No. That would be too blasé. They had to attack his compound with tanks and machine guns. Such is the arrogance of the people at the top of our government. Such a culture of violence gradually seeps into the psyche of people. People are merely a reflection of their government.
K.P.S. KAMATH, Cape Girardeau