Where’s the shock from the sidelines?

It happened during a Red Sox game recently. A pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels was running over to cover first base on a ground ball when his leg gave out and he crumpled to the ground in obvious pain.

The scene wasn’t that gruesome, but it was out of the ordinary seeing his leg bend in a way it shouldn’t.

It happened recently to an NBA player on Team USA who was in a game preparing for the FIBA World Cup champions when he broke his leg. This one was gruesome.

It happens often on the football fields, baseball diamonds, hockey rinks and basketball courts.

Players get hurt. And the reactions are pretty much the same. The fans in the stands sit there with their hands over their mouths, eyes widened with great concern on their faces.

Players huddle on the playing surface in obvious concern, some in prayer for their fallen comrade or adversary, but brother or sister athlete.

A pall falls over the arena, stadium, etc., while EMTs prepare the victim for the ride to the hospital.

It’s all very, very emotional.

There are some injuries that I can understand such reactions: injuries where the player could possibly be paralyzed, or their life even in danger. Yes, people should be horrified, worried and prayerful.

But for an injury that, while nasty, is far from life-threatening, the end-of-the-world reaction by players and fans is disturbing to me — for one reason.

Every day in this country more than 3,000 babies in the womb are mutilated or chemically poisoned in abortions. Their tiny remains end up in “hazardous medical waste” receptacles ... or worse.

Where is the shock from those on the sidelines?

Every day in Africa, hundreds if not thousands of children less than five years old with bellies grotesquely swollen from hunger, die excruciating deaths because of malnutrition or AIDS-related illnesses.

Where is the shock from the sidelines?

Every day, thousands of people on that same continent are slaughtered or forced to flee their homes because of greed, power-seekers, or just plain evil-doers. They travel hundreds and hundreds of miles to find a place where they can simply survive. Many don’t make it.

Where is the shock from the sidelines?

Every day in the Middle East the very same scenario plays out in Iran, Syria, Palestine and other places. Mothers and children are forced to flee and husbands are led to slaughter like cattle.

Where is the shock from the sidelines?

Every day militant groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda think nothing of barbarically beheading those who they feel are a threat to them, or more commonly, to send a message to the rest of the world.

Where’s the shock from the rest of the world? Where’s the shock from leaders of other countries? Where is the shock from our own White House? Or better yet, is there anyone actually working in our own White House?

When athletes in this country are felled with an injury, gruesome or not, they will receive nothing but the best of care. They won’t suffer a bit in the pocketbook or wallet. Their families will still be fed, clothed and sheltered ... with the best of the best.

When babies are aborted, that’s it. They’re gone.

When children in Africa or any other country, including our own, die of starvation, that’s it. They’re gone.

When families are displaced and wander in search of food and shelter, life as they know it is over. More than likely forever. When their husbands are slaughtered, that’s it. They’re gone.

Perhaps we should pretend all of this is a sporting event. Maybe then we’ll hold our hands up to our mouths to cover the gasps. Maybe then we’ll offer up a prayer for the victims. Maybe then a pall will be cast over mankind knowing these poor souls will never be placed in an ambulance to receive the care they need. Maybe then people in power will care enough to do something about this. Maybe.

Dave Jolivet can be contacted at davejolivet@anchornews.org.

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