Berlin Attack

As the year 2016 comes to a close, I was greeted with yet another ISIS attack on the front page of the newspaper this morning. In a year I truly thought could get no worse, the German government acknowledged this as one of its most deadly attacks in years.
If you’re seeking information on the attack itself, look elsewhere: this post is simply a lament of all the violence that I have witnessed in my lifetime.
I’ve been to far too many funerals for a 20 year old.
Not only did the headline of today’s paper include the death of 12 German citizens, it detailed the findings of a beheaded and castrated young man discovered recently. It glossed over the tragedy in Aleppo. I cannot even bring myself to watch the videos of the people still trapped in the city, waiting to be taken away to areas of insurgent control. And now this. The suspect was denied entry into Germany and who faced deportation: this alone is cause for sadness, that people seeking asylum are often turned away in many countries due to the rising suspicion and unrest. That the retaliation caused the death of a dozen innocent people.
That violence is perpetuated here. That we cannot even know, or even scratch the surface of all the dark and disgusting things that lurk around humanity; that the headline citing the Berlin attack wasn’t even that big.

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