Whether deliberate or not, through desensitization to violence, humans have become conditioned to value human life at increasingly lower levels. Nothing is more evident of this conditioning than the reaction to the killing of the beloved and endangered gorilla, named Harambe.
The death of an endangered gorilla is most certainly tragic. However, the sheer number of people to become enraged over Harambe’s death while remaining silent in the face of human slaughter is discouraging, to say the least.
In Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan, thousands of innocent civilians, including children have been murdered by drone strikes alone — and written off as collateral damage. In 2015, the United States dropped over 23,000 bombs in the Middle East — nearly one for every terrorist killed leaving thousands of unintended human targets dead.
Millions have died in the West’s relentless pursuit of nation building and controlling oil, all of it is written off as “collateral damage,” and the clueless politicians march on. In the meantime, the public at large remains complacent and silent in the face of mass murder.
After bombing a Doctors Without Borders (Médicins Sans Frontières, MSF) hospital in Afghanistan — and shooting at terrified victims as they fled the chaos, and then attempting to cover up its role in the tragedy, the Pentagon finally admitted to their crimes, but announced that none of the 16 people who carried it out would face any significant punishment. Americans and the mainstream media said nothing.
The U.S. government attacked a hospital with innocent charity workers, patients, and civilians, killing 45 people — and no one cares.
On the contrary, a gorilla is shot to save the life of a 4-year-old child who unwittingly fell into its cage and Americans are furious.
Thousands of American soldiers dead, tens of thousands more brutally injured, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians in the Middle East sent to early graves, and millions more displaced, and it takes a gorilla to get people shaken up.
If the US government would bring to a halt all of its nation building, drone strike programs, militarized occupations, and 700+ bases around the world, you could rest assured that the “massive terror threat” would diminish to almost nothing.
Unfortunately, the US, in their relentless pursuit of empire, show no signs of stopping. Whatsmore, the unchecked decades of meddling and funding strategic terrorist organizations who supported their temporary interests have manifested into an actual threat.
The United States is attempting to start World War III by rattling the military industrial complex-sponsored saber at Russia and China, a move that could set off global nuclear war — and We the People only care about Harambe the gorilla.
On top of the empire building across the globe, the United States is building a police state at home. In the Land of the Free, citizens are killed by public servants at nearly twice the rate of soldiers deployed to war, and yet again — no one cares.
Do not mistake this sentiment as a lack of sympathy for the slain gorilla; it is entirely possible for one to grieve the loss of animal life as well as human life. However, it is the intention of the article to draw attention to the lack of sympathy for the latter.
It is natural to be angry at a gorilla being killed, but holding resentment toward the 4-year-old child, like most of the angry crowd is doing, is most assuredly not the solution. How about questioning the inhumane nature of zoos in general which put that gorilla in a hole in the ground and allowed for the child to fall in?
There are 10,000 zoos worldwide, with 25% of them in the USA. This is in spite of the USA only being home to 5% or so of the world’s humans.
Perhaps those people never should have been there in the first place. Perhaps if humans wouldn’t dump copious amounts of money into places that cage animals so other humans can gawk over them, then this entire ordeal wouldn’t have happened. But these things are too hard to consider when the establishment rabble rousers are clouding America’s collective mind with deceptive fury.
Anger at death is important, however, it should not be misguided into unhinged rage. It should be used to focus on solutions to prevent future deaths. And, it should not be selectively steered by the establishment. If Americans became half as angry at the unjust wars waged in their names as they have over the death of Harambe — peace would be here tomorrow.