Dr. West, you say it best when I've seen you speak. Many people have come to believe the myth of U.S. exceptionalism. Consciously or unconsciously, many US citizens think a baby born in the US is somehow more precious than a baby born in botswana, or malaysia, or brazil. Heck, some believe a baby born in some parts, some towns, some neighborhoods of the US are more precious than babies born in other neighborhoods. Some believe babies born of a particular race or sex or religion or ability or citizenship-status or sexual orientation are more precious than other babies. Beyond this, we have certainly become desensitized to war because we still don't know how to face death. We sanitize (ie. with drones) war and it cloaks what's really happening, the real suffering. the fact of death.
But, I do think many people living in the US care about innocent people being killed, particularly by us. At the same time, war has been normalized such that we don't have the level of outrage we should.
many factors at play here!
It’s our feeling of superiority that blinds us from the truth. Why seek out the truth if you believe you’re superior to everybody? It implies that we are above all others and therefore our actions are justified without investigation.
I can see the viewpoint of both Smiley & West and the members of this page that have replied. I am in agreement with a lot of what is being said. The question to me is - have we become desensitized to war or the Commandments? It seems to me that as long as you are under a certain umbrella then the killing is justified and even rewarded. Whichever country or continent one is a citizen of. Of course, war occurred for longer than all of us has lived. As the saying goes, what goes on in the dark will be bought to the light. Therefore, it won't be long until we all know the full truth. Not just the ones the journalists want to present.