On this day last January, the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo was attacked. Eleven were killed. There were other related deaths and injuries.
On this day last January, a car bomb in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, killed at least thirty-five. More than 2700 Yemeni non-combatants have been killed since January.
On this day last January, one was killed and three were wounded by suspected gang violence in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (In Chicago four were murdered on January 6. Thirty-two residents of Chicago were murdered in January 2015. For the entire year Chicago reported at least 468 murders, the highest metro murder rate in the United States. The population of Chicago is about 2.8 million.)
On this day last January, the National Police of El Salvador reported that in the first six days of 2015 they had registered 90 homicides, On January 6 alone, 19 people were killed. At least 6,657 Salvadorans were violently killed in 2015. The population of El Salvador is about 6.3 million.
I will be on leave from Homeland Security Watch. When I may return is indefinite. I have cued up several Friday Free Forums for continued contributions. I leave you with an admonition from the Italian baroque painter Salvator Rosa, “Keep silent unless what you are going to say is better than silence.” A particular challenge given the issues that confront us and the character of our times.