Monday, November 9, 2015

In the News 19

While I have not touched an actual newspaper in some time, I do skim through the online news headlines each day. There is always something that catches my attention, whether it involves human conflict, a human interest piece, the sports wrap, or just the usual absurdities. In this series, I carve out a space for my opinions, reminiscences, or comments.

Bengazi Hearings - Hillary Clinton was put through nearly 12 hours of questions on October 22, 2015 regarding her role in an attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Bengazi, Libya that occurred back in 2012. The grilling involved questions of "What did she know?", "When did she know it?", and "Was she responsible for the security lapses that allowed the attack to occur?". As the U.S. Secretary of State at the time of the attack, some felt Clinton should be responsible for the failure of the State Department to act on threat warnings and requests for increased security by the U.S. Libyan ambassador who died in the attack. Regardless of Clinton's role in this affair, the hearings were clearly a witch hunt by Republicans who were trying to hurt her candidacy for president when it came out that they were purposefully saving some of their most salacious questioning until prime time hours when viewership on the news networks would reach its peak. U.S. politics as usual.

Metrojet 9268 - On October 31, 2015 a jet carrying 224 people crashed in northern Egypt killing all aboard. Most of the passengers were Russian tourists who had just spent a week vacationing on the Sinai peninsula. It is believed at the current time that a terrorist group infiltrated the airport where the flight originated and planted a bomb aboard the plane. In the aftermath of the disaster, politicians played their political games and governments huffed and puffed as usual. At the end of it all, however, 224 innocent lives were taken, caught in the usual grip of humanity killing humanity for reasons I am sure none of the passengers had ever given a moment of thought to. All the while the terrorists sit toasting their victory.