Thursday, February 2, 2017

Her Name Was Nora

Her name was Nora. She was an 8 year old American girl. And she was murdered last Sunday. I wish I could tell you more about her. I wish I could tell you her favorite color and the songs she liked to sing on her way to school. I wish I could tell you that she loved horses and lilacs and dreamed of being a doctor when she grew up. But I cant. All I can tell you is that her name was Nora. She was an 8 year old American girl. And our new president, Donald J. Trump decided that she had to die. Just the latest in a seemingly endless procession of innocent victims of our seemingly endless war on terror.

Nawar al-Awlaki, affectionately known to family and loved ones as Nora, was the daughter of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American born cleric murdered in an Obama ordered drone strike in 2011 for the crime of using his freedom of speech to advocate violence against the United States, which, in my mind, made his assassination about as justified as Charlie Hebdo. What's even worse is that his 16 year old son, Nora's older brother, was murdered in a similar strike just weeks later. Which makes the idea of Nora's own tragic demise being just a horrific coincidence more than a little hard to swallow. Nora was one of as many as 57 people slaughtered, most of them also relatives of al-Awlaki, on the morning of January 29th by a Seal Team 6 death squad in an operation planned under the presidency of Barack Obama and approved by his successor, Donald J. Trump. The objective of the strike was supposedly to attain important information on Al-Qaeda but after an alleged firefight, the Seals, our heroes, apparently found it necessary to kill everything that fucking moved. Of the 57 killed only 14 have been confirmed as enemy combatants by the Pentagon. Even if you believe that to be true, that still leaves another 43 innocents, mostly women and children. Nora was one of the first to be shot but one of the last to die. Suffering from a bullet wound to her neck, Nora spent the last two hours of her tragically short life bleeding to death in her wounded mothers arms.

The braying parasites of the evening news could care less about any of these ugly details. The only part of the story that they found worthy of their fleeting attention was the single solitary death of one of their beloved Seals, which, considering their Wild Bunch approach to warfare, was more than likely a case of friendly fire. My late grandfather was a career officer in the Marine Corps. A commitment I didn't agree with but respected regardless. I have a full respect for the fact that there are a good many righteous men and women serving at all levels and branches of the American military machine, however foul it may be. But these men were not soldiers. They were terrorists who clearly came to Yemen to kill anything that got in their way. I have a hard time feeling remorse for a slain terrorist, especially while the bullet riddled corpses of their victims remain callously ignored. One has to wonder if Saudi Arabia reported on the tragic death of a dozen or so amateur pilots on September 12th.

I won't lie to you, dearest motherfuckers, this story got to me on a very deep personal level. When I first read about it I cried and I've been writing Nora's name on my right hand ever sense in tribute. I don't know why the death of that little girl feels so damn personal. She wasn't the first child to fall victim to America's never-ending terrorist war on terror and sadly she won't be the last. But something about her still haunts me. Maybe it's just the Winter depression. I've even gone so far as to chalk it up to my gender dysphoria. As far fetched as it may seem, something deep inside tells me that in another life I could have been a Khanith and me and Nora could have been childhood friends. But more than anything, I think what bothers me most is the unbearable fact that no one but me seems to really fucking care. 57 people are dead. 57 people will never breath again. 57 people will never sing another song on their way to school. 57 people will never spend another Sunday afternoon with their loved ones. And no one fucking cares. When did life become so goddamn cheap. Even on many of my favorite alternative news sites, people seem more concerned with partisan bullshit than the 57 caskets being laid to rest in war-torn Yemen. Including one very small box reserved for a little girl who's only crime was standing in the way of American bullets.

I don't know what motivated Barack Obama to plan this raid and I don't know what motivated Donald Trump to make himself the 45th war criminal to occupy the Oval Office by approving it and, quite frankly, I don't fucking care. The only thing I know, the only thing that I care about this week, is that her name was Nora. She was an 8 year old girl slain by her own country. And sometimes I really hate to call myself an American.

Peace, Love and Empathy- CH


  1. I do care!!!!!
    I'm disgusted just the way you are!!!!!
    I'm sure that many many others would feel the same out there but they simply have no clues whatsoever about what is really happening in the Middle Est and how WE, as the WEST, are slaughtering, raping, killing innocent people, innocent children!!!!....following the nosense ideology of EXPORTING DEMOCRAZY, by killing children???? Are you fucking kidding????
    Any reasonable human being would never buy that crap, unless you feed them since childhood with a bunch of lies...
    I call our generation UPSIDEDOWN!!!!

  2. I care too. I have cared all along and what has it gotten me but anger and hurt? I saw this beautiful little girl's picture and read how the Trump ordered death squad killed her. How many times has this happened and the blue team Obamaphiles said NOTHING. How many of those same people turned out for Hillary? How many, right now, if she were president would be making excuses for the human beings she ordered killed? I don't know how anyone with any decency cannot be offended by this murder incorporated apparatus. I don't know how anyone with any empathy can be a "patriot" and support such a system. Fuck this

  3. You're not alone in seeing that each of these victims--whether suspect or not--has been gravely wronged.

  4. Okay. I am as angry and upset about this as you are. But you need to get a grip, and stop your hyperventilation and exaggeration. This is NOTHING NEW and has been going on long before "Evil America" was around. Talk to the shades of little Hebrew boys killed in Egypt, or little Hebrew girls killed by Roman (or Zealot) troops in Jerusalem and Masada and a thousand nameless hamlets in Canaan and Russia and elsewhere. Talk to the shades of the bodies found in that horrible field in Carthage. Or the little girls and boys of the Imperial Sack of Magdeburg in 1633: 25000 of 30000 residents of the city killed, mostly stabbed or burned to death: and every one of them an Imperial citizen. Governments have ALWAYS done this. The FedGov is not the first and will not be the last - and is far from the worst. Grow up.

    1. So... we shouldn't care about anything because fucked up shit has happened before?

  5. Thanks; I couldn't agree more. Trump has now "moved up" from being a blustering buffoon to being a murderer and war criminal.

    Slight typo: "planned under the presidency of Barack Obama and approved by his predecessor, Donald J. Trump." Should be "successor".

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