July 31, 2007

Armed Stupidity

Four people were stupidentally (definition) killed and 17 were injured after Iraq won a game of football and men celebrated by shooting their guns into the air.

Apparently, dancing in the end zone or pumping one’s fist in the air is insufficient.

Look, Iraq. I can understand you’ve been through a lot. I also understand that violent death in your country is commonplace because of the ongoing conflict. But I can’t help but feel you need to strengthen your respect for human life before things are going to get better. Apparently, there is no taboo against shooting your weapons in the air even after you’ve endured repeated incidents where people were killed in such celebrations.

This is disturbing. Because I don’t think your problems can be solved (with or without American help) if you aren’t worried about what your bullet shot in the air might do, or whether your neighbor is shooting his gun in the air.

It is said that an armed society is a polite society. The middle east does not want for armed societies. But it is clear that there comes a point when politeness is the least of your worries. If your neighbors are stupid or careless, just try approaching them and their assault rifles to explain to them how they ought to smarten up.

An armed society is an experiment in power stupidity.

Posted by James at July 31, 2007 3:51 PM
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The first real step towards freedom is to have your own soccer hooligans.

The Iraqis don't quite understand how to separate hooligan-ary from firearms just yet.

Posted by: Derek at July 31, 2007 7:00 PM

Have you ever heard of Detroit? Folks here haven't been through a lot, yet almost every New Year since I've lived here has been rung in with a death due to shooting straight up. Physics definitely aren't their friends. Sigh.

Posted by: Cindy at August 4, 2007 2:59 AM

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