Last week, there was a Amber Alert issed in California for 2-year-old Madeline Samaan-Fay. Sadly, this kidnapping ended in tragedy as Madeline was found dead. There are some things that I find disturbing, not the least of which was that fact that because she was kidnapped by her father, several days passed between when she was abducted and when the Amber Alert was sent out. Clearly, there are some justice issues that we could talk about.
Yesterday, ‘The Nation‘ posted about a report from the British Bureau of Investigative Journalism that stated “between 385 and 775 civilians died in 291 drone attacks” and “at least 45 civilians were killed in 10 strikes during the last year.”
My question is, how many of those civilians are kids, and why aren’t we up in arms over this information? What makes these two situations different?
This is what makes them different:
There’s a picture to go with Madeline, but no picture to go with the number of kids that have been killed in drone attacks.
What’s more disturbing to me is the causal attitude some have taken. Arguments that could be in both instances (wrong place/wrong time) are only used concerning the drone attacks. But arguing wrong place/wrong time in the drone attacks is not a very good argument. In fact, the wrong place/wrong time argument is not a good one at all.
God calls us to love our neighbor. If we take that command seriously, this love causes us to mourn not just over Madeline and those who we see. This love causes us to weep for those who we don’t see, the innocent kids who are killed as a part of the US’s War of Terror. Oxymoron anyone? Most definitely. How about hypocritical? You better believe it.
My challenge for all those who decry the loss of life in situations like Madeline’s: Do the same for those who you don’t see.