- Politics and Social Issues
Reading Between the Lines of News Reports on Orlando Massacre
Although I have tried hard to stay away from the latest media frenzy about Orlando massacre (due to my traditional family values and a view on guns as a necessary evil needed in hard cases of self-defense), I can no longer stay away from speaking up after reading an interesting investigational article that puts another spin on the story by linking Omar Mateen’s last actions and his father’s connection to the wars in Afghanistan, and even to the US State Department. What caught my attention was a claim that, according to Ahmad Saeedi, a political analyst in Kabul, Omar Mateen’s father, Mir Seddique Mateen, fought in the Afghan jihad to expel the Soviet invasion, before emigrating to the US thirty-one years ago: “A fierce anti-communist, Mateen was a captain in the ranks of the mujahedeen who fought the Soviet occupation, Saeedi said. Once in the US, he promoted himself to the rank of general.” Pardon me for having a Déjà vu moment here, but isn’t it at least the second time that the American people suffer from U.S.-sponsored wars abroad? The first time, just on my watch, was Boston bombings, supposedly implemented by Tsarnaev brothers who were Chechen expatriates and whose parents came to this country to seek the asylum “citing fears of deadly persecution due to their ties to Chechnya”, according to Wikipedia. However, I’ve read enough over the years to know that U.S. has sponsored Arab mujahideen fighters in Chechnya who fought against Russian military in both civil wars, so Boston bombing, if they were not a “false flag” like some now believe, seemed like a Karmic retribution to me.
Although ISIS is being blamed lately for downing planes and attacking people, most of us know who sponsored ISIS and trained their fighters: CIA, Obama administration and Ms. Hillary Clinton when she was still the Secretary of State. This fact adds a completely different spin on the story, making me question if this attack could also be a “false flag” targeting the ban on all guns in the U.S. that most Americans will not agree to, causing riots and possibly a Civil War II if needed in order to defend the U.S. Constitution from the limitations being put on American freedoms lately with the laws imposed on us by Obama and Bush administration. I can only guess why gay club became a target, but considering how many Americans still favor traditional family values, is it because not everyone may want to condemn such an attack or is it because someone wanted Obama, who is especially fond of gay community, to react to this massive attack in a more radical way than he usually does? And the way ISIS is being brought into this picture by both the killer and very timely statement from ISIS is making me wonder if the next step could be a new American war on ISIS, though I have hard time believing that Obama administration can ever seriously fight with its own protégé… But what about the Afghan roots of a killer? Can they be the obvious cause of this Karmic effect or is it a pure coincidence? What puzzles me, though, is a report that AR-15 style weapon was used in this attack and also in some previous attacks on American soil, including the Sandy Hook massacre that is also believed by many to be a hoax.
Regardless of who ordered or influenced Orlando killings, people got killed, families still suffer, and the whole world is in much greater shock than it ever was during the last 2 years of civil war in Donbass region of Ukraine or during the last 5 years of civil and not so civil war in Syria… Ironic, isn’t it? And yet, something must be done to protect the innocent lives all over the world, and not just in America! The first thing that comes to mind is the necessity of regulations around sell of weapons in the U.S. However, after observing the fruitless attempts by American Government to control gun sales in the country, I now believe that guns that can be used for self-defense should still be allowed, and that the ban is needed for all automatic assault rifles, such as AR-15, AK-47 and anything that shoots faster than one bullet in a few seconds. I also believe that current ban on concealed gun carry in public places, including bars, stores, schools, offices and parks, does not work if one crazy shooter comes along, as there would be nobody around with a self-defense gun who’d be able to take the shooter down before the police squad arrives. By then it may be too late for some innocent bystanders… If you want the mass shootings to stop, ban all assault rifles and allow open carry or concealed carry of revolvers or semi-automatic pistols around the country, but do train everyone who you trust with gun licenses and do a thorough check on their background, including an examination by a licensed psychiatric professional, which is currently not being done at all.
It is hard to say how the future President of the United States will act to solve the gun situation in America, but chances are that neither Hillary Clinton, nor Donald Trump will go further than Barack Obama with the gun ownership laws in the country, though the polls show that Donald Trump’s support has increased noticeably after Orlando shootings, but that increase may be attributed more to his resolve to put a thorough control over who comes into our country and why. For all we know, Hillary may as well be called “a Godmother of ISIS”, and thus I have hard time believing she will do anything that can stop ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks on American people on American soil. Wouldn’t you? So much for the Patriot Act imposed on us after 9/11 by prior U.S. President George Bush that have taken away our freedoms of speech and to privacy, while providing no real protection against future terror attacks on and off the American soil…