What If The Cause Was Just A Little Different? Don't The Victims of Terrorism (And Their Familiers) Deserve Our Undivided Attention?

Stephen Arch          thedailyarch.net          sparch@comcast.net  

Question: What would happen to terrorism if the world, just like in the anti-Trump marches on January 21, 2017, stood up in unison against the vicious acts of terrorism occurring in the United States and other "civilized" countries abroad?

On Saturday, January 21, 2017, a day after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as our 45th President, more than one million people marched not only in Washington DC, but in cities across the United States and Europe to voice their displeasure of our "as he is called in some circles" our "illegitimate president."  It's not that I am against any person's right to protest or demonstrate - that is what makes America great, that we can petition our government, that we can hold peaceful demonstrations without the fear of incarceration - I am a huge proponent of the First Amendment, when used properly. This was, of course, the case on the Saturday following the Donald Trump Inauguration.  

Supposedly, and this is based on reports that I have no reason to doubt, millions of people filled not only the streets of Washington, but in most major cities around the world, to "petition" a cause that, depending on what television network you watched or newspaper you read, would increase the overall value of women in our society. I say this statement because some many causes were present at the marches: abortion rights, access to health care, access to equal wages, anti-Trump agenda, etc....  Again, I don't have any argument with any of these marches, except when violence or destruction of personal or public property is involved.  

For the most part, the Washington, DC marchers were non-violent (a small faction broke some windows and started fires in garbage cans), and protested exactly the way people are supposed to protest. They marched, they held signs, the sang, the beat drums, the had bull horns, the yelled at President Trump's motorcade as it moved by them. 

The protest march was so large that it was the lead on every tv screen, blog, newspaper, and Internet source.  But that's what protests are supposed to do:  get the attention of the "average non-protester, speak for them, and make their issues public.

Here's my argument: wouldn't it be an extremely special event if, let's say immediately after the 49 human beings were killed and many more injured,  after the horrific terror attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, after fourteen people viciously lost their lives in the San Bernardino terror attack, again, with many more being hospitalized, after 12 people were killed in the Berlin Christmas Market killings (when the terrorist used a large truck to plow over people - can you imagine the horrors faced by all of these victims?), after 3 people - including a young boy - and scores injured after the Boston Marathon bombings, after all this carnage at the hands of hateful Islamic terrorists who are hell-bent in just killing - killing for the "idealism" of it?  

What if, after all of the above killings and many more, if millions of people (just like in the January 21, 2017 marches held in DC and other cities in the U.S. and abroad) took to the streets to protest these senseless losses of life.  Imagine, tens of millions of people taking to the street to give the terrorists who want to not only kill us but to disrupt our daily lives a message that "we are not going to take this anymore."  

I often feel that after the carnage is cleaned up and the press goes away, the dead are often forgotten, and as our current news cycle is only roughly 24 hours, the loss of their lives mean something only to the families.

Just imagine millions of Pittsburghers, New Yorkers, Californians, Texans marching in angry protest against the hate groups that threaten our lives.  Imagine the message this would send to terrorists or would be terrorists about their acts. Imagine if the entire free, anti-violence masses descended upon the hate groups sent to make husbands and wives widowers and widows, parents childless, and children, orphans. Imagine whites, blacks, Asians, Muslims (everyone imaginable) just making this stand each and every time this occurs. Imagine the outrage over buildings being destroyed, stores looted, burnt, cars overturned, rock heaved...imagine the response that if every time a mass shooting, bombing, or some similar disgusting show of anti-civility occurred that we, as citizens who have the right to do so, would take to the streets in angry protest against those who are really trying to kill us? Would that not send a message loud and clear to terrorists the very real anger (not just sorrow and our nations' leaders saying how "sorry" they are for the "leftovers" who must stay behind and bury their dead.

What if, after the prayers, the candles, the burials, the sadness, millions of people banded together as an anti-terrorist act? What a chance to show the world we are not going to needlessly die at the hands of bloodthirsty savages.

I am sure that each and every protester who marched on Washington DC on January 21, 2017 had and has their own cause(s) and reason(s) for marching. They had their reasons for the anger against a perceived danger in Donald Trump as president (even though I may disagree with them, I appreciate their right to protest).  I am sure Madonna and her entertainer counterparts had their reasons to join the march and issue foul-mouthed slurs at our President. That is their right. 

Again, but what if these people gathered all over the world to protest this pure evil that is in our society today - just imagine what could be accomplished and just imagine the signal that would  be sent to terrorists all over the world.  As the famous movie tag line goes "we're mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore!" Now that would be a sight to see.