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Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:35 AM

Resolve to Remember the Butcher's Bill

Resolve to Remember the Butcher's Bill
By William Rivers Pitt
Truthout | Op-Ed

Tuesday 01 January 2013

It was my intention, with this final article of 2012, to make some sort of grand and sweeping assessment, a capstone argument, a clear-eyed statement of purpose in which...

Nope. Nothing there. I tried. I failed.

The well is dry, the socket has no charge, Casey has no bat. The Mayans were wrong; that's all I can muster.

(snip)

So, yeah, if you're looking for something to hang your hat on, a proclamation of hope, a way to put the gruesome year 2012 in perspective, don't look to me.

All I have is the butcher's bill.

In, if you can believe it, severely abbreviated form.

On January 5th, bombings in Baghdad and Nasiriyah killed 73 people and wounded 149 others. On the 14th, bombs in Basra killed 53 and wounded 151. On January 25th, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) stepped to the floor of the House of Representatives to formally announce her resignation from that legislative body in order to focus on her rehabilitation. Nearly a year ago to the day, Rep. Giffords was shot through the skull by Jared Lee Loughner as she met with constituents. In the end, six people were killed and 19 were wounded, along with Rep. Giffords, in that attack.

On February 22nd, five people were shot and killed in a Korean health spa in Georgia, victims of what police later described as a domestic violence-related attack. On February 23rd, attacks across Iraq killed 83 people and wounded 250 more. On February 26th, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman as he walked home from a local store in Florida. On February 27th, three students were shot and killed by a classmate at Chardon High School in Ohio.

On March 8th, a gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh hospital, killing two people and wounding seven more. On March 11th, a US soldier in Kandahar Province went on a house-to-house shooting spree, killing 17 people and wounding five; among the dead were nine children and three women. On March 20th, a series of attacks in Baghdad and Karbala killed 52 people and wounded 250 others. On March 31st, a gunman opened fire at mourners in a funeral home in North Miami, killing two and wounding 12.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:37 AM

1. What are you doing up so early today? Are you getting old or something?

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:46 AM

2. Thanks for reminding us

that much work is yet undone. We cannot continue to allow the passage of time, measured in news cycles, to dull the pain and outrage we feel after every new massacre or assassination.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 12:57 PM

3. HUGE K & R !!! - Thank You !!!



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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:07 PM

4. One last up

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:43 PM

5. Hi William

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Response to Crewleader (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:24 PM

6. Hi Crew!

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