Lives prematurely taken away by wars and related attacks are always a devastatingly sad and shameful event. As a human being, I for one am ashamed. Nonetheless I refuse to mourn European lives more than that of any other human being on the planet and I disagree with Mr. Media who wants me to. I call for equality and ask Mr. Media to proceed with his 24-hour special breaking-news high-rating edition on European victims of a “terrorist” attack on European soil. But I also ask him to increase his coverage of armed conflicts worldwide even at the cost of a lower share. To increase his coverage of what has become a manufacturing business with an average daily production of 146 “casualties” in its Syrian facility alone and 468, worldwide.
I want Mr. Media to be honest and unbiased, to carry out his duty and tell the truth. But that’s probably too naïf! He works for the private sector after all! Stakeholders and shareholders.
Honesty and perspective are needed. We cannot continue to act surprised and appalled if we do not even attempt to end armed conflicts globally and support a one trillion dollar a year, moneymaking weapon industry worldwide. In case Mr. Media had not told you yet, it is your money governments spend to arm themselves against “the enemy”. And it is those same weapons bought by governments that reach the hands of just about anybody, i.e., the highest bidder.
The proceeds however, of this goldmine sector, do not go in any way toward reparation or humanitarian aids. Why should they? Mr. Weapon works in the “private” sector too! The proceeds thus go to the almighty shareholders, thereby creating a legitimate system, which actually benefits from ongoing wars and has no reason to hope or wish for them to end.
All lives matter. People with names and families. Human beings.
Let us start by mourning for Humanity as a whole. Regardless of whether “casualties” might be German, French, Syrian, or Afghans, Iraqis, Nigeriens and Nigerians, Cameroonians, Chadians, Turks, Kurds, Somalis, Kenyans, Sudanese, Pakistanis, Mexicans, Libyans, Yemenis, Egyptians, Ethiopians, Ukrainians, Columbians, Filipinos, Palestinians, Armenians, Israelis, Americans, Congolese, Chinese, Angolans, Tunisians, Azerbaijanis, Bangladeshis, Algerians, Burundians, Russians, Malians, Mozambicans, and I am sure a few more.
Presently, there are 56 officially recognised ongoing armed-conflicts around the world accounting for 170,955 “casualties” in 2015 alone, equivalent to 468 human souls lost globally, each and every day.
Throughout our history an estimated 341.7 million people have died due to wars, 187 million only during the 20th century, still deemed the bloodiest. Only our grandchildren will tell us what we have made of the 21st century.
Dedicated to all those whose life is violently taken away from them.
FACTS & FIGURES
SYRIAN “CIVIL”(?) WAR DURATION: 5 YEARS, 9 MONTHS AND 5 DAYS EQUIVALENT TO 2,104 DAYS.
TOTAL OFFICIAL WAR “CASUALTIES”: 308,264 EQUIVALENT TO 146,51 “CASUALTIES” A DAY. OF WHICH: 90,060 CIVILIANS AND 15,948 CHILDREN. THAT IS 7.57 KIDS A DAY. NOTWITHSTANDING AN ESTIMATE OF ANOTHER 125,360 UNOFFICIAL CASUALTIES AND DEATHS BY STARVATION, LACK OF BASIC HYGIENE AND OTHER WAR RELATED CONSEQUENCES.