Washington DC: Kabul on the Potomac!

Ensuring Socio-economic Justice

Crescent International

Sha'ban 20, 1442 2021-04-03

Daily News Analysis

by Crescent International

It may not have been a car-bombing as is the case in Kabul, but it was no less gruesome.

A motorist drove his car into a group of police officers outside the Capitol building on April 2 and killed a Washington DC police officer.

The slain officer was identified as William “Billy” Evans, 18-year veteran of the police force.

Another officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

The motorist, identified as Noah Green, 25, was shot and killed.

Green’s brother told the Washington Post that his sibling was having mental problems and suffered from paranoia.

The US healthcare system has totally collapsed.

It is unable to provide needed help to people suffering from mental illnesses.

The collapse is also evident from the pandemic that has taken the largest number of American lives (567,745) anywhere in the world.

The US also leads the world in the highest number of COVID infections at 31.327 million.

While there are thousands of National Guard deployed around the Capitol Hill building, that has not prevented attacks such the one witnessed yesterday.

Since the January 6 insurrection when some 30,000 Trump supporters stormed the building and went inside the halls of Congress, Washington DC has not recovered.

Concrete barricades surround the building that is supposed to house US lawmakers.

US spy agencies warned in mid-March that there was ongoing threat of racially-motivated violence from white extremists.

They specifically mentioned heavily-armed militia groups targeting police and government personnel and buildings.

Parliamentarians in Kabul may feel safer than American lawmakers despite all the precautions.

While America maintains more than 800 military bases worldwide ostensibly to keep Americans safe, it cannot protect its own inside its own borders.

Washington DC looks a lot like Kabul today.

Like their puppets in Kabul, American politicians are prisoners in their heavily fortified buildings.

Welcome to Kabul on the Potomac.

In fact, Americans deployed abroad are a lot safer there than they are at home.

Time magazine (December 30, 2020) described 2020 as the most violent year in America in decades.

The magazine wrote: “Gun violence and gun crime has, in particular, risen drastically, with over 19,000 people killedin shootings and firearm-related incidents in 2020. That’s the highest death toll in over 20 years, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), an online site that collects gun violence data, and the Britannia Group’s non-partisan site procon.org.

“This total includes victims of homicides and unintentional deaths but does not include gun suicides. And despite there being no ‘large-scale’ shootings in 2020, the number of mass shootings—which are classified as an incident in which four or more people are shot and injured or killed—has actually risen, drastically, to over 600, the most in the past 5 years and a nearly 50% increase in 2019’s total.”

What happened in Washington DC yesterday is not likely to be the last incident of its kind.

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