Friday, August 23, 2013

There are no words... describe my reaction to reading this story:
SPOKANE, Wash. -WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening...

Spokane police are looking for two male suspects in the attack. They said the suspects are African Americans between 16 and 19 years old. One suspect was described as heavy set and wearing all black clothing. The other was described as being about 6 feet tall and 150 pounds. There was no description of what clothing the second suspect was wearing other than a silk do-rag.

Police investigating the deadly attack on Belton have also obtained surveillance footage from the scene. Click this link to see still images of the two suspects in the attack.

I suppose there is no more appropriate tragedy to illustrate the trajectory of our nation, than for a veteran to survive one of the most vicious battles in history, only to be murdered 68 years later because some thugs saw him as an easy mark for a cheap, violent thrill.  Something tells me this won't get nearly the coverage the Zimmerman case did.

Add this to recent stories like this, this and  this, and it becomes clear that all the race baiting for cheap political advantage has undermined much of the progress our nation has made.  Add this to the generally nihilistic worldview of so many youth--regardless of race--and I fear something truly ugly this way comes.

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