Sunday, February 5, 2017

Remembering the Bowling Green Massacre

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

There are certain events in the annals of American history that can always be relied upon to inspire bouts of patriotic fervor.  Things like the ride of Paul Revere, the battle of the Alamo, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the 9/11 terrorists attacks were rallying events that brought the country together in the face of tyranny, and just the mention of any of these historic events is usually more than enough to get our red, white, and blue blood fired up and ready to fight.

This past week another historical outrage was added to that list when Trump mouthpiece, Kellyanne Conway, reminded America that it was two Iraqi refugees who were responsible for the "Bowling Green Massacre."  Conway, the person who coined the term "alternative facts" in explaining some of the Trump administration's steady stream of lies, cited the infamous massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and the Iraqi refugees' part in the carnage as part of a defense of the Trump ban on refugees and visa holders from seven Muslim countries - including Iraq.

The United States is a country that has become sadly inured to violence and even massacres over the years in places like Littleton, Sandy Hook, Aurora, San Bernardino, and Orlando with the terrorists behind those bloody events usually being of the domestic variety.   But Iraqis massacring the good people of Bowling Green?   How did we miss that?

Kellyanne had an answer for that one.  The awful U.S. press had not covered it well. 

It turns out, of course, that the press had not reported on the Bowling Green Massacre primarily because it had never happened.  She was apparently referring to two Iraqi refugees who were arrested in Bowling Green in 2011 as they attempted to send weapons and money to al-Qaeda in Iraq.  No actual violence occurred in Bowling Green, no bloodshed, no massacre - and the press had reported it quite well, thank you very much, Kellyanne.

The brouhaha was just Kellyanne Conway spewing more alternative facts.

If her lips are moving she must be hallucinating.

1 comment:

Kent Treiber said...

Keep it up! Facts still matter to some of us. Thanks.