He Was Safer In Iraq

I read the most disturbing story yesterday. It was about the young Ohio Marine home on leave from Iraq, visiting his family for the Christmas holidays. He was robbed of all the money he had on him (eight dollars) and then shot in the neck at point blank range because the low-lifes thought he should have more cash. I think they would have found a reason to shoot him no matter what. He was everything they were not, and they were jealous. He fought hard to try and escape the violence of the inner city, he had inner strength to overcome a bleak beginning and become a strong and productive citizen, he had dreams for the future to become an architect. And they were angry young men who succumbed to the ravages of poverty, poor parenting, and/or a pathetically inadequate educational and social structure. They didn’t want to do what was necessary to pull themselves out.

It’s a sad day in America when your chances for survival are greater in a war zone than in your hometown. Unfortunately, it’s a fact of life for many people. It would be great if we could just put a wall around those areas and let them kill each other off. People like these shooters are too damaged to co-exist with the rest of society. But what would we do about the innocent people stuck inside these areas, people that are living there because they can’t scrape up enough money to get their families out? And what would we do about the children that are born to selfish crack addicted parents, kids that could become healthy productive citizens if we could give them good parents to nurture them and safe schools to educate them?

It’s sometimes a fine line deciding whether a child is better off with his family or in a safer place, away from family. Milton Hershey started a school that took young deserving kids out of dangerous places with bad schools and gave them a chance at a good future. Good foster homes show kids how life CAN be. Sadly, sometimes the system is too eager to send kids back home to bad environments. Sometimes one should never return home.

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