I'm confused. Someone help me out here. Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, a facility so busy that a large Turkish Airlines welcome sign boasts, "Our lounge in Istanbul is bigger than some airports." was attacked by three suicide bombers.
The death toll currently stands at 41 (expected to rise) with 249 wounded.
41 dead. Yet where are the Facebook profile pics being changed to something honoring them? A Turkish flag overlay? A unity candle? Something?
I have seen nothing. In fact, given this country's geographical ignorance and stunning self centered arrogance, I would not be surprised to find out just how many people are completely unaware of this attack, the body count, the human trauma and loss.
Because it happened "over there" <---said in almost a whisper. You know ... where brown people live...
Think I am exaggerating? Sorry, NOT. What I have seen on Facebook is the usual cadre of bigoted, proudly ignorant wastes posting with open glee about the deaths. These are taken straight from FB.
"Good u camel fuckers just too bad more of u didnt go."
"Best laugh I have had all week."
"Serves em right. Whut they expect?"
Now, aside from congratulating them on their wonderful ability to spell, I would like to educate them on Turkey. Slightly larger than the state of Texas, this "brown country" is, like so many of them, part of Asia, not Brownistan as these Rhodes scholars portend. Population is just under 79 million people with commerce, agriculture, and modern industry being the thrust of the economy. No, despite what you see in Aladdin, there are no flying carpets or genies. There are cars, restaurants, shopping centers, and yes, airports - just like in the good ol' US of Assholes in which these cretins reside. (Camel fuckers? Really?) And in Ataturk Airport? Hungry? I suspect these great minds think they would have to choke down goat burgers or something equally scary and foreign. Nah. Step right up to Sbarro, Burger King, a Coca Cola Cafe, even a Popeye's Chicken. And of course, multiple Starbucks locations. Yes, you brain trusts - there are more US imports in terms of food offerings than there are local dining options. Want to shop? Samsonite, Hermes, Armani, even a Victoria's Secret await your layover boredom and credit cards.
JUST LIKE OUR AIRPORTS.
I have news for you. Ataturk Airport, in the body that is our globe, is a main artery of transportation both east-west and north-south. In 2015, passenger traffic was just shy of 42 million people. Of that number, 38 million were international travelers. Yes, that's right, kind of like the airline joke in the States that "Even God has to go through Atlanta," if you are traversing the globe for many a destination, chances are you will do it via Ataturk.
In fact, just 24 hours prior to this attack, dear friends of ours, returning from a wonderful multi-stop holiday abroad, passed through the international terminal at Ataturk. My stomach hurts to think of what a difference 24 hours made.
But to be honest, my stomach hurts for the human beings traveling to and fro for business and holiday, those picking up friends and relatives, those simply working at their jobs in the terminal or on the arrival queue outside - who lost their lives. The scores who have been maimed both physically and emotionally. The small children who are traumatized by events they cannot even begin to know how to process. Blood, gore, usually seen on a battlefield, now stained into their psyches.
And then ask yourself why you know so little, care so little. Why, when you immediately run off to Google images to status your sympathy for Paris, Orlando, etc - have you not done so for Istanbul.
These people are PEOPLE. When the attackers fired bullets, they tore into flesh just like they would into yours. When they detonated their bombs, the blood of the victims ran just as red, just as fatally as would yours.
LOOK at the pictures in that link. Tell me they don't look like YOU or someone you know. Tennis shoes, golf shirts, flowery carry-on luggage, lovers in love now lovers in death, happy snaps of vacations cut short by carnage, handsome, beautiful, short, fat, thin, young, old.
Human beings are human beings. That this happened "over there" does not acquit us from caring, from feeling.
What it does do is speak to a huge disconnect we still collectively have when events happen in a country we consider 'less than" and "brown."
And that's some IstanBULLSHIT.