There’s little more to be said about the latest massacre of schoolkids in the United States, but much more to be noted of the hypocrisy and emotional blackmail pouring from the mouths of those on whom the responsibility for these outrages lie. Listening to the officials yesterday at the post-tragedy press conference – the ‘hearts going out’, the ‘prayers and condolences’, headed of course by the greatest hypocrite of all, the incumbent president, one could only marvel at their gall.
The latest excuse for gun violence is now ‘mental health’, despite most perpetrators of these acts having no history of mental illness. The U.S. president emphasized how ‘more must be done’ to pinpoint these people, though he was somewhat vague as to how they should be dealt with.
Scott Israel, the Sheriff of Broward County where the shooting took place, was less unclear. He bemoaned the lack of police powers that prevented these people being locked away before they could commit a crime. Sheriff Israel would, perhaps, have been more at home in 1930’s Germany.
America and Americans have a problem. Sadly, there is no ‘Gun Addicts Anonymous’ where Americans can go to declare: “My name is John Doe and I’m a gun addict.” Yet, an addiction it most certainly is. Like all drug addicts, they cannot be helped until they recognise their sickness and want to be cured. The first step is to talk honestly about it, but no-one wants to talk about controlling their drug. Any hint of the gun culture in America being responsible for yesterday’s tragedy, and the other seventeen that have occurred in the last six weeks, never escaped the lips of those excusing themselves from responsibility, while singing each other’s praises for a ‘job well done’ in the aftermath.
It doesn’t stop at the addiction for guns. America is addicted to violence in every form. War is part of the addiction, and underlying it all is the unstoppable thirst for power. Only today, the Guardian newspaper reports that the latest U.S. Ambassador to Australia has said America must prepare for war with China:
The navy admiral nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia has told Congress America must prepare for the possibility of war with China, and said it would rely on Australia to help uphold the international rules-based system in the Asia-Pacific.
In an excoriating assessment of China’s increasingly muscular posture in the region, Harry Harris said Beijing’s “intent is crystal clear” to dominate the South China Sea and that its military might could soon rival American power “across almost every domain”. 
In the same paper today, the former U.S. energy secretary Ernest Moniz stated that the world is closer to a nuclear war than it has ever been since the Cuba crisis of the 1960’s, driven by American belligerence:
Moniz, a nuclear physicist who played a central role in securing a landmark non-proliferation agreement with Iran in 2015, said the margin for error in avoiding disaster was getting thinner because of the introduction of new, smaller weapons, the broadening of circumstances in which their use is being contemplated, and a lack of high-level communications between major nuclear weapons powers.
As a result, Moniz told the Guardian, the chance of nuclear use “is higher than it’s been since the Cuban missile crisis”. 
America’s addiction to guns and violence is dragging the world towards the nuclear abyss. The blatant hypocrisy of officials at all levels over the massacre of seventeen kids was obvious for all who had eyes to see, and ears to hear. In America many remain blind and deaf to their addiction.
How would those same officials react after a holocaust slaughtered millions? Then they might be right to blame mental illness, but it would be their own.
 “Admiral warns US must prepare for possibility of war with China” Guardian, February 16th 2018
 “Nuclear risk at its highest since Cuban missile crisis, says ex-energy secretary” Guardian, February 16th 2018