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Sep122012

THE THOUGHTLESSNESS OF POLITICS

I had a very large reminder today of why I hate politics more than just about anything out there. Let me give some background. (I know I know, this is where most people tune out)

The news has been going crazy with the reports of the senseless attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Libya that took the like of 4 US citizens. One of these victims was an ambassador and 3 were not. Two of the victims were had not been named due to their families not being informed. One of them was and his name was Sean Smith. Sean Smith was working for the State Department but his death affected a large number of people. 

Sean Smith was very active in the game Eve Online as Vile Rat and was well know for his Diplomatic  exploits that helped turn the tide in many an encounter on behalf of Goon Swarm. I didn't know him from this game but Goon Swarm is a gaming group that has it's roots in the Something Awful community, which I am a member of and have been since 2000. The loss of a community member has happened in the past and in most cases it sucks. In this case it really sucks.

Sean didn't deserve to go in this way. When reading the Something Awful forums there has been nothing but a literal gushing of comments that reinforce what a stand up guy Sean was.  I read the memorial thread several times today and I admit I was moved to tears at the great things everyone had to say. I was especially moved by some of the developers of the game Eve Online  as they echoed this sentiment. 

"I can tell you that CCP Games and its employees are overwhelmingly saddened by the news of Sean Smith's passing, as we are when we learn of any player who is tragically lost," said Ned Coker, a spokesman for the game's developer.

CCP Greyscale posted in the Eve Online forums ""Vile Rat" was a name you could mention in any conversation about the pointy end of EVE, without needing to explain who he was. He wasn't a figurehead or a whipping boy, he didn't have a gimmick - he was just a guy who'd accrued enough respect to be noticed."

Erlendur S. Thorsteinsson, a software director for Eve Online, said "I'm looking at a picture of Sean "Vile Rat" Smith, holding his son. They are both smiling and his son is giving two thumbs up. War and violence is always senseless, doubly so when it's personal. This makes me sad."

It is apparent in these words just how much on an impact Sean had on the people he came in contact with. Which brings me to the politics portion of this post.

Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney (yes that was hard to say) decided to use this attack as a way to improve his chances at getting elected. The bullets had hardly stopped flying when Mitt attacked Obama accusing him of "disgraceful" handling in Libya and Cairo. "The Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks,".

No one at that point had mentioned anything that would resemble sympathy for the attackers in light of the attack. Not the US State Department, Not Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Not Even the U.S. Embassy  in Cairo. There was a Statement for Hilary Clinton  that said "I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today, As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss." This statement was received by The Associated Press at 10:08 p.m. Then Mitt Romney made his comment a minute later. Where was the apology in there Mitt?

This is why I hate politics. I have a great idea. How about you show some sympathy for the people who lost their lives. How about the US Ambassador who fought so hard to make things better in Benghazi? What about The wife and family that Sean left behind when his life was senselessly taken from him. What about the friends and family of those affected by this devastating loss? 

Or better yet, Mitt, why not just shut your fucking mouth if you can't find something to say that is appropriate. How can he criticize anyone on their foreign policy when he can't even handle a situation that involves citizens of the US with the slightest amount of tact.

 

I apologize for the lack of coherence that may be in this post. I am not fine tuning it, I am just putting up my thoughts. Comments are disabled on this.

My heart goes out to all those who lost their lives in this attack.
R.I.P. Sean "Vilerat" Smith

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