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Little Girl Dead. The Challenge To OEN Writers

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We are responsible for those, whom we tamed

Antoine De Saint- Exupery

click here     Hadiya Pendleton Murder: Teen girl who performed at President Obama's inauguration fatally shot at Chicago park, report says:

"Hadiya was an honor student, volleyball player and majorette at King College Prep High School, according to CBS Chicago. She performed with her high school band at the presidential inauguration in Washington last week.

Police said Hadiya had no gang affiliation and likely was not targeted in the shooting attack. However, several of the teens who were with her at the time were believed to be gang members, CBS Chicago reports.'

The report says.. that's   how they say it now. Think what you want. Ignore what you want. It is not about   Hadiya or about the dolphins of the Cove. It is about you. The media is   thoughtful about you. If it says in   your face:

- A girl chosen   to perform   at the inauguration did not escape the fate of   the girls in Afghanistan: she was killed by a stray bullet the same as they were killed by   a drone- just because she was at    the wrong place   in a wrong time"

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If they had said   that, Oh boy- we would have had a whole country debating on this; we would have had Joes and Cindys   and Rushes and Bills earning   money like crazy, dissecting pros and cons, we would have had conspiracy   theories all along and the howling would have been for weeks. But no, they did not say that.   You have to live with it, remembering that   it is the time of the Cove and if dolphins can be lured and killed, why not people?


Nobody lured her you say?   The band was picked up for   the inauguration because   it was from Chicago, the   native city of Obama, because it was   a good band and she was just   a black girl with a bright future. Nobody lured her in,   there is no connection between the event of happiness and event of sadness, none whatsoever.

None?   Give me a break. If   you or your friends are picked up to perform for the President and the area where you live is " not that great, there could be a lot of people who, say, take notice, right? Some might be happy, some maybe not. NOTHING else happens after the band performs: the girl is returned back to   school, the gangs are still there, the filth and drugs are still there, the highest possible rate of homicide is still there, the desperation is still there. Obama is back to his drone manual,   Homeland Security is back to the   real and imagined terrorists, the little wave is calmed. Is it?   They said that   she was not involved in any gang activity (imagine that, what if she was- what an embarrassment for the Secret Service), but some other folks around her (wow, what a casual randomness- MS) could be.   So   if you are a teenager and you are in the gang, would you not want to boast to other folks that you just   talked to the girl   who played for a President? Won't you brag about that?   Won't you drive an attention to that, try to be around her?   Some people might like it, some might not. Only before   that girl was one of many and now she was a President's pet. That's the problem with rich and powerful- they take pets and they abandon them.   They do that all the time. Sometimes their pets are people, sometimes,   the whole groups or even nations like Haiti, sometimes drones become pets and then,   to their surprise the pet- owners discover that abandoned pets have a life of their own like those   Asian pythons in Florida. But at least the pythons can defend themselves. Little girls cannot.

There is a direct connection between the Cove, the dead kids in   the deadly trails of our drones and   the unfortunate accident in Chicago park. All those events are connected by   MALICIOUS INDIFFERENCE. The Cove carnage repeats   itself   from year to year and the whole world knows   but   it is a Japanese problem, who cares.   The   drones   kill people left and right creating a wave of hate   of Biblical proportions   which eventually   can destroy the world but    our dear President and all other half- wits in Congress can either hide behind   manuals or   pretend that we are   "in the new war era'. And then when they all, people with malicious   mentality     want to feel good about themselves they lure a   promising girl   from Chicago to amuse them   and forget about her   immediately after. They changed her life, they made her visible,     and some saw her while before that someone did   not give a damn. We all are responsible for the consequences of our actions.

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I would advise our President and all his cabal to go to Chicago and stay in that damned park for two days praying for the little girl and all other little girls and boys   and men and women   we had killed so far, million of them and then -- to promise to abandon the drones.   I know   that will not happen.   So I post a challenge to OEN  people- for week write about a story of any little girl or   a boy   you knew or heard of either killed or maimed or destroyed   by our deeds, by our malice and by our indifference. I could name quite a few, like that young OWS poet whom I wrote about or   that Iraqi boy   who was shown on   MTV   right before the war started in Y 2003, I could mention   Rachel Corrie or   others like her.   There   is a plenty- pick one.   Get his or her name. Bring them back from the dead so that they forever haunt us because we tamed them and we abandoned them. We lured them with wrong illusions of glamor, freedom and   liberty   and   we killed them when they turned   to us for hope. We thus killed hope.   There is nothing more horrible than the hate which comes from   the   killed hope. May God have mercy   on   us.   We must   write   about it.

Life is not fun in the time of the Cove and Drones and Little   Girl dead.   The tribute is not political. The tribute is human.


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