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Looking for Meaning in a Massacre

KajaK Wrote: Jul 27, 2012 10:18 AM
Suzanne, your article is right on spot. All people have moments and thoughts of meaness and probably evil but the good side of us usually wins out unless our wires get crossed. I am a firm believer in being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is so sad that this life can bring so much pleasure and at the same time so much pain. My heart goes out to all those hurt in this massacre but my heart goes out to the parents of the man who did the shooting. I keep thinking "I am so glad I am not the parent of the person who did the shooting." I would always wonder if I could have done something to prevent this. But in reality, a parent cannot force an adult child to do anything they do not want to do.
The memorable massacres of history have been the stuff of ruthless despots. They're about power and intolerance -- getting rid of anyone who could cause trouble. Attila the Hun needed an army to massacre his enemy. Josef Stalin was a wholesale killer who measured his dead in the millions. So did Hitler, who appealed to "willing executioners" who benefited materially and officially from an actively fed prejudice, along with a cadre of SS officers who hated Jews and hunted them as though they were animals.

Retail massacre, on the other hand, is the work of loners and losers. These massacres usually...