If you want to make the world a better place, change yourself. That's the only thing you can change
U.K. police say that five people died and 40 were injured as a result of Wednesday’s bizarre car-and-knife rampage in London.
When compared to other U.K.-related acts of senseless murder and terrorism, Wednesday's attack is analogous to a mediocre Saudi air raid on a Yemeni wedding — made possible by generous U.K. arms sales.
Of course, it's not a competition: Murder is murder. And the senseless violence that took place in London isn't any less horrible just because the U.K. "made 10 times more in arms sales to Saudi Arabia than it's given in aid to Yemen", resulting in 20 million Yemenis in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
In addition to the thousands of Yemeni civilians who have already lost their lives, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reports that more than 7,000 civilians have been wounded since March, 2015. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recorded more than 3.27 million forcibly displaced people as a direct result of the conflict and nearly 21.2million (80 per cent of the population) are forced to rely on humanitarian assistance to survive.
Sanctimonious statements about "standing against hate" aren't very effective if they're only made when "your" people are killed.
Hate is hate. Murder is murder. And whether Londoners want to admit it or not, they have more than enough blood on their hands. Far too much, actually.
Does this in any way excuse what happened in London on Wednesday? Absolutely not. But it would behoove London (and the entire West) to stop acting like it is the epicenter of humanity.
Here's an idea: Less melodramatic Twitter hashtags — more critical thinking.
If you want to make the world a better place, change yourself. That's the only thing you can change.
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