I am perplexed that commentator David Rothkopf's piece, "The tragic slaughter of innocents" [Opinion, July 20] chose to highlight only the Mideast conflict and the downing of a passenger plane in Ukraine as examples of the senseless killing of innocent people.

I would hope that he did not highlight only these two examples as an intentional slight to the continuing killings of innocents throughout the world when the same day's paper reported that Boko Haram killed 100 people, 200 people were killed in Syria over three days, Baghdad attacks killed 27, and gunmen killed 21 in Egypt.

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Where is the outcry and statement of indignation from the United Nations when hundreds of innocent lives are lost every day?

Whether due to acts of war, terrorism or religious fanaticism, aren't all innocent lives lost equal and tragic?

Claude Kasman, Nesconset