A Massacre of Valentines Day


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Fox News, 2-14-12

Some things just don’t make sense to me; today is Valentine’s Day and all things concerning love have always been confusing for me.  However, for most of the world there seems to be no confusion, it is a day for celebrating love.  The media is filled with stories of love fulfilled and love unfulfilled, love found and love lost.  There are tips on finding your true love; tips on keeping your love for 50, 60 or even 70 years; and tips for solving any love problems you may have.  There were love stories in the Chinese, Arab, European and American press; so important was love today, that Syria had are hard time being noticed in the midst of the day of love, although the fighting continues unabated.

And yet, the most common story that I saw across the world?  It came from Las Vegas, the opening of the Mob Museum.  The timing was not accidental, 83 years ago in Chicago, on Valentines Day,  7 mobsters were lined up against a wall and executed by members of another gang in the battle for control of the sale of illegal alcohol in the city.  What more perfect day could one find to open a museum dedicated to those noble gangsters and their brave acts as they battled each other for wealth and together fought the forces of good and decency?   This is the second such museum to open in the famous Sin City, but the first barely made the headlines in the local newspaper the day it opened and it was certainly not heralded in New York, London, Paris or Beijing the way this one was.  The first one opened in 2011 and has had financial problems all along – those problems get more attention in Las Vegas than the contents of the museum.

So, why is this story a world-wide story?  Is it because of the coincidence with the day of love and a day of death, lo those many years ago?  Is there some hidden romance in criminal gangs, killing and corruption?  I wonder should I look for love in the barrel of a gun, in the basements of illegal businesses, among the criminal masses wherever they lurk?   As I said, some things make no sense to me and this is one.  Happy Valentines Day and may all of your heart’s desires be fulfilled, unless that includes lining all of your enemies up against a wall and shooting them.  Then I suggest you look in some more conventional place for your fulfillment – perhaps a bunch of flowers or a box of candy for the object of your affection?

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