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Our World of Corruption

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

According to Merriam-Webster, corruption is an impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle.  This implies that it corruption should not be occurring on a regular basis.  The sad and terrifying thing is, that corruption has become a part of our daily lives and affects people around the world.

For the last two years, we have been following the ongoing terror in the Arab World dealing with the Arab Spring.  The corruption has caused for leaders of Egypt, Libya, and Yemen to be forced out of power, civil uprisings in Syrian, and numerous protests in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, and Western Sahara.  The citizens of these countries share common goals in their efforts even thought they have added more fuel to the fire.  They aim to have a strong democracy, fair and free elections, human rights, and regime change.

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Every night on the news, we see and hear about the terrifying outbursts, bombings, and protests that are constantly occurring in these places, but we can never fully comprehend how awful it truly has become.  Reporters such as Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent for ABC News, have been to these countries to see and explain how terrifying the corruption has become.  The video below shows some of the trips she has taken and her experience in those countries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XhLDVK2LgQ

Along with corruption around the world, the U.S. has experienced traumatizing events in the 21st century.  We all see 9/11 as a corrupt event in history that will leave a lasting mark on the U.S. as well as other countries around the world.  Although this was a horrifying event, and affected many people in my own community because I live 20 minutes outside of New York City, this brought our country closer together.  The events that have torn this nation apart are the massacres that have been occurring in malls, movie theaters, colleges, and schools.  These horrifying deaths and loses are proving that the U.S. is weakening and is becoming a dangerous country. 

ImageI am scared to leave my house now because I am terrified that I will be one of those stories that you read or hear about in the news that was killed in a mass killing.  This year alone, there have been eight mas killings.  What has been happening is unimaginable, but it is a new reality.  We can only help stop these incidence from happening by keeping the victims and their families in our prayers and help rebuilt the communities, but there is no way to undo what has been done.

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I would also like to dedicate this post to my father’s friend who’s niece was killed in the Newtown’s Sandy Hook School shooting on Friday morning.  She was one of the reasons why I choose to discuss corruption.  She is in the thoughts and prayers of many.

Sources:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corruption

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XhLDVK2LgQ

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/15/newtown-shooting-motive_n_2306876.html

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/12/14/1337221/a-timeline-of-mass-shootings-in-the-us-since-columbine/?mobile=nc

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137053/fouad-ajami/the-arab-spring-at-one

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