A victim of the shooter at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub says that while trapped in a bathroom with him, he called 911 to inform them that the reason for his actions was that he wanted the U.S. to stop bombing “his” country. Although the shooter was born in the United States, his parents came from Afghanistan.
Patience Carter, who was shot in both legs, added that after asking if there were any Black people present, the gunman stated “‘You know, I don’t have a problem with black people. This is about my country. You guys suffered enough.” She then reemphasized “But through the conversation with 911, he said that the reason why he was doing this is because he wanted America to stop bombing his country.”
Is it possible that the shooting had nothing to do with the fact that the patrons of the club were Latino or gay?
How someone could think that shooting a bunch of random people in a club could possibly help end the war in Afghanistan, or be helpful in any way at all for that matter, is beyond me, but there is a take-away lesson from this: the oppressive actions of our government, even when done far away, have repercussions here at home on those who had nothing to do with the actions and may even have opposed them. If moral reasons are not enough to lead people to oppose the military adventures of our elected officials, then perhaps self interest will be.