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January 8, 2013

CONFER: Children dying is nothing new to U.S.

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Niagara Gazette — • Israel is the largest recipient of American aid. Since 1949, aid has averaged $1.9 billion per year. In 2009 the US promised to increase aid to the Israelis to the tune of $30 billion over this decade. Most of that aid is militaristic in nature – weapons, warcrafts, ammunition. How has our $122 billion in weaponry been put to use? Since September of 2000 the Israelis have killed 1,500 Palestinian children. That staggering total is disproportionate to the number of Israeli children killed by Palestinian bombings over that same time period (129).

• Since 1973, when the Supreme Court disallowed most state and federal restrictions of abortion via the Roe v. Wade ruling, American law has allowed the legal abortion (murder) of 55 million young lives. Some 1.3 million babies are now aborted each year.

Somehow, and quite tragically at that, all of this murdering of children is acceptable. Americans cheered the murder of al-Awlaki as a necessary outcome of the global War on Terror. Few American tears have been shed over the deaths of children in our Middle East occupations since they have been perceived to be either incidental or collateral damage in that same war. Our elected officials and pundits count Israel among our best allies. Forty-seven percent of Americans consider themselves as pro-Abortion while 45 million women have had a young life ripped from their bodies.

Sadly, those incidences represent just a sampling of the hypocrisy of our elected officials and those who enable them. They decry the murder of children in Newtown (as they should), but they end up using it as a means of propaganda by which to empower our corrupt government — a government that is either directly responsible for or complicit in the deaths of millions of children — to infringe upon or outright steal individual rights to gun ownership and self-defense.

So, just how do we stop murders and massacres? Quite simply: We need an American people who have a better understanding of and devotion to morality and/or reason, all while possessing a greater respect for life and the human condition. But, to get to that point, we need to expect — and — the same from our government, because quite frankly, the senseless murder of children has become the American Way.

Bob Confer also writes for the New American at TheNewAmerican.com. Follow him on Twitter @bobconfer

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