Last Friday Shauna and I went to St. Louis to do some sightseeing. I spent some time Thursday night reviewing the stories of unrest in nearby Ferguson, I have to admit I was a bit worried. In reality I had nothing to be worried about since the Botanical Garden and Cathedral Basilica are not hotspots for a protest. To our relief visiting the St. Louis area was no different from any of the other times we’ve been. Though I wonder if that would be the case a week later. Today a man armed with a knife decided to create a situation where he would be shot by St. Louis cops.
While nut jobs and lunatics from around the country converge in Ferguson I think it’s important to put the story in context. Negotiations between Hamas and Israel broke down today and they’re back to fighting, over 2000 people have died in that conflict. Fighting continues between Ukraine and the Pro Russian separatists today, over 2000 people have died in that conflict. In West Africa they have ran out of body bags as Ebola continues to spread, over 1200 people have died from the outbreak. Chaos reigns across large portions of Syria and Iraq as the terrorist group ISIS has run completely amok. Millions of people have been driven from their homes and over 100,000 people have lost their lives in that conflict.
Hard to comprehend that kind of madness while you’re sucking down a 44 ounce soda from a Quick Trip.
Here’s some pictures from our sightseeing.