March 2, 2011

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Dedicated to the memory of two brave boys...

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Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?
The torrential rains of a mother's weeping will never be done
They call him a hero, you should be glad that he's one, but
Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?

Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?
He must be brave because his boy died for another man's lies
The only grief he allows himself are long, deep sighs
Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?

Have you ever heard the sound of a nation being rocked to sleep?
The leaders want to keep you numb so the pain won't be so deep
but if we the people let them continue another mother will weep
Have you ever heard the sound of a nation being rocked to sleep?

It is simple… children are not supposed to die... Parents expect to see their children grow and mature. Ultimately, parents expect to die and leave their children behind...This is the natural course of life’s events. The loss of any child is the loss of innocence, the death of the most vulnerable and dependent. The death of a child (of any age) signifies the loss of the future, of hopes and dreams, of new strength, and of perfection. 

Children are raised not only by their parents, but by a community of people. I was not fortunate to ever become a parent, but I was blessed to be able to aid my parents in raising two children. And as any older sister-mom I too fear these dangerous times for my loved ones. And as an older sister-mom I too worry and comprehend all of you (parents) who feel the same way that I do (if not more) about your siblings. 

Our community dear friends is afflicted with very unhappy, untrustworthy and dangerous people. All too often we deny and minimize the reality of the danger of this community, and then something profound happens and it takes us by storm. 

Such is the story in Greece today. Anger and fear have engulfed Greeks all over the country as the nation gathers in a state of sorrow for the deaths of two young policemen who died in the line of duty on Tuesday night. Young officers Giorgos Skyloyiannis, 22, and Yiannis Evangelinelis, 23, both members of the DIAS squad, were shot dead in the line of duty while attempting to arrest three robbers armed with Kalashnikov guns after an emergency report was wired in about a robbery that was taking place in a nearby kiosk.

The reports stated that a total of eight police officers were struck by gunfire with three or four assault-rifle wielding perpetrators in the working-class district of Renti, near the port of the Piraeus

One officer died immediately, and the other roughly three hours later at a local hospital. The two young fallen officers had only joined the force only two years ago. 

Another policeman is in serious but stable condition after sustaining a gunshot wound in the abdomen, while a fourth was shot in the knee.

A further four motorcycle officers were also hit by gunfire but emerged unscathed thanks to the bullet-proof vests and helmets they were wearing. 

Authorities said that the attacks by far-left militants and armed anarchist groups have increased in the past two years, despite a crackdown on terror groups and the arrest of more than a dozen suspects. But after hearing the news, one has to wonder.... have they?

The anticipated question: How much money did these murderers manage to get away with? Are you all sitting down? A mere 1,000 Euros….

I mean they fired 100 rounds of ammunition with machine guns at several police officers in the early afternoon for a crummy sum of only 1,000 (freaken) Euros!  

Totally shocking!

The obvious question is WHY… or better yet... W.T.F.? 

What is our society coming to? Where are we heading? 

One common gripe today's society is that there is too much violence. We see it all the time on the television, we read about it in our local paper, on the internet, or some of us have even become victims by it. Gang shootings, school shootings, car jackings, home invasions, armed robbery and so on... and we all shake our heads and say "This didn't happen forty or fifty years ago. Boy, what a terrible time we live in."

The truth is, violence has always been part of our society, and it has always been brutal and vicious. We don't want to admit it, but we are violent creatures and we always will be. The difference between today and the past is only that the tools of violence are different. Muskets replaced swords and stones and today machine guns, rifles and guns have replaced muskets. 

But this does not soften what most Greek people feel today... despair, anger, sorrow and confusion. And this because we say we want a fair and just society but we are demanding it from a government that has profound military budgets. A government that supports the development of more and more weapons. And I say... how can violence stop on the bottom, when the violence is perpetrated by policies at the top?

It is painful for me to say these truths about my country…. but I know for a fact that it is happening on every street corner all over the world. It is happening in your neighborhood too!

The question we should all be asking ourselves in the aftermath of this tragedy is do we really need all these weapons to protect us? Are we or are we not part of NATO, the EU, and other such organizations. Why so much money on arms? Who are we protecting.... ourselves.... or the survival of arms dealers and manufacturers?

Do not misinterpret me...  I am a want-to-be hippie stuck in the age of Woodstock who believes we should all make love not war… there are indeed some dangers, but when a nation fills its warehouses with so many arms of destruction, then it is simple mathematics that there will be those very few that will want to make easy money and sooner or later channel these weapons into the hands of the people as well. But I think those in power already know that... I just think they probably make a kickback from this too.

I don't know how the mind of a killer relates, but what I do know is that 4 men would not shoot 100 rounds of ammunition with Kalashnakov's against 8 police officers for only 1,000 Euros. I think there is more to this story. Something just doesn't stick here.

As for the character of such murderers... well I personally think such ruthlessness stems from childhood. In this world, power is what unfortunately moves people, and many of us don’t realize that the youth of today (our generation as well) is raised on this philosophy from the minute they are born. Parents indeed love and care for their children, but they also purchase toy guns and soldiers for their children, and when they get older they buy them violent video games. These young children grow up and when in adulthood are already familiar and comfortable with the term danger.

Parents place guns into their children’s hands, and bluntly tell them: “This my child is power!” It doesn't sound so innocent now does it? In my opinion it is this very misconstrued concept of power in a weapon that causes some criminals to make you give them your wallet, rape you or shoot you dead.

Notwithstanding… today, the mothers of these two courageous boys will begin mourning for their sons. These parents will be forced to confront an extremely painful and stressful paradox and they will be faced with a situation in which they must deal both with the grief caused by the realization of these brutal murders as well as their inherent need to continue to live their own lives as fully as possible.

Our hearts go out to them, for the great burden that they bear today and will continue to bear for the rest of their lives.

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