Gurney's Inn
October 17, 2012

Editorial


The Big Lie

On September 11, when four of our embassies and consulates were attacked during a carefully orchestrated Taliban terrorist action, four Americans were killed in Libya. Our ambassador was dragged through the streets, his body violated while he was still alive, a fact the mainstream press has refused to print.

President Obama's response was that the "spontaneous" attacks were in response to a film made in America critical of the Muslim faith. It was, simply put, one of the biggest lies any president has ever attempted to pass off on the American people. That didn't stop the New York Times from repeating it over and over – as if printing it often enough would make it true.

The "film" Obama spoke of was little more than a YouTube video. No one had ever heard of it or seen it. Ask yourselves – did you know it even existed? If not, how are we to believe people a half a world away did?

Obama stubbornly persisted in his nonsensical explanation of the attacks for a full week, even as the State Department and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were acknowledging the attacks were coordinated and planned.

Libyan President Mohamed el-Megarif confirmed the same. It would have been nice to hear it from our own president first.

President Obama had the nerve to send federal agents to drag the filmmaker in for questioning, as if producing a movie is a crime in this country. Four days later Afghanistan Taliban attacked a U.S. base, claiming it was in retaliation for the movie being made in the United States. Do any of us really believe they had ever heard of the movie until our government publicized its existence? In other words, we've now provided terrorists around the world with a built-in excuse for killing Americans.

The reason the president wanted to downplay the incident is because he didn't do anything about it. In another era we would have demanded those responsible be turned over. This administration supported Megarif's rebels with financial aid and weapons, even more embarrassing than Obama's limp response to an international outrage.

On Bullying

We mourn the loss of a young man in East Hampton who took his own life, and we understand that bullying is a hot button now, and that school officials need a plan in place to address it.

We all need to step back and face a little reality, though. There are 1000 kids in the school. As we all know from growing up, there are always going to be scuffles, taunts, cliques, and the like. There are popular students, shy students, etc. Most East End schools have a large Latino population, and a certain percentage of kids are gay, and those who "come out" probably face the same cruel taunts that have been going around for years.

It's not fair to blame the school for everything that happens without knowing all the facts. It is also true, and painfully so, that committing suicide is an aberrant response to life's problems.

Latino students were quick to rally around the cause, and understandably so. It was reported many of the students barely speak English, and are ostracized for that. Yet they have traveled here to avail themselves of the quality education we offer –- in English -- and the interaction with local kids was bound to be a bumpy ride.

This is the stark reality of the situation: Yes, it's a tragedy. Yes, a young and reportedly gay Latino student probably got his fair share of hazing and then some. How he chose to deal with it becomes something school officials, his teachers, and his family and friends need to ponder.

According to published reports the young man's mother is "looking for justice" – we can only hope that isn't a prelude to some misguided lawsuit. She reportedly left her son in Ecuador when he was six, and sent for him eight years later, so it is impossible to know what scars he carried from his formative years, and what role they played in his final decision.

We grieve, we mourn, but we all share the blame. The lesson to take from this is to cherish life and to treat everyone we encounter with respect and love. Pointing fingers at others deflects from our own guilt.

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    "On Bullying" Editorial
    October 18, 2012 | 12:39 PM

    An excellent, excellent editorial.

    David Buda
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