It is popular to see people advocating the social message telling people that education is the key to get out of the ghetto and lead a respectable life away from drugs, guns and gangs. That makes ‘school’ shootings quite ironic if you think about it. People go to school to get away from a life of violence, but the hierarchies and status quo of the school system are conducive to nurturing a bullying culture until one might end up in an explosion of violence, literally.
What opened the topic is that I read about a shooting in some university in Oakland on April 2. Even though investigations for this case are still going on, previous school shootings like the infamous Columbine one tend to connect these acts of violence to bullying.
And to think that the movie “Bully” hit selected theatres on March 30.
Talking about acts of violence, some terrorists blew up places in Mombasa as can be read in this article. The message from the attackers reported in the article, “The Kenyan public must be aware that the more Kenyan troops continue to persecute innocent Muslims of Somalia, the less secure Kenyan cities will be; and the more oppression the Muslims of Somalia feel, the more constricted Kenyan life will be.”
Now I don’t know the validity of this statement since it was posted online, but the irony is they make these claims even though they attack the Coastal region which is filled with Muslims from different background including Kemenies, Indians and Somalis themselves. So what are they trying to do? Give mixed messages? It’s as if they are saying that to pay for Kenyan troops killing innocent Muslims of Somalia, they’ll kill innocent people in Kenya some of whom could have been Muslims, and where does that leave us….Conspiracy theorists might actually start to see something here.
Whether the victims are Muslims or not, these attacks are not justified at all. Attacking helpless civilians who might as well have been armed with butter knives against grenades is not the way to go about protesting against Operation Linda Nchi. The main reason Operation Linda Nchi was initiated was because Somali militants were suspected to have kidnapped several foreign tourists and aid workers inside of Kenya – Kenya not Somalia. So if they step over the border first, what do they expect exactly, a Taraabu dance??!!!
In this case of Kenya vs. Al-Shabaab….who is the bully now?