“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” (Bastardized MLK Jr. quote, potent none the less.)
The absence of trust in the powers that be make it impossible for me to hoist up a flag and declare justice done. I know that we need to feel that the glorious dead have been avenged. It is the most human of reactions, revenge. There will be those that feel justice has been dealt and those whose wounds refuse to be healed. Me? I didn’t loose any one in the terrorist act or the subsequent military response. I did however watch as my country turned on Afghanistan like a rabid dog and then, when that yielded no results, set it sights on Iraq. My people, with no viable place left to burn, went inward, singling out foreigners on American soil and “non patriots” with peace on their lips. This reactionary tactic bears the earmark of a desperate soul with no ability to funnel pain through a mature avenue. We can volley opinions back and forth but nothing will change the truth. Our government elect has, on our behalf, committed far more brutal acts in the name of justice. How many of us will “they” need to kill on the journey for some justice of their own? It is a slippery slope folks and in case you didn’t notice, we are gaining speed. It is such a strange thing to use the death of one man as the balm for so many broken hearts. Not only will this not bring anyone back, it will surely cause more carnage. It is this kind of sub human rationale that will insure our demise. I am so tired of being associated with greed, nepotism, lies, and double standards. Can we please elevate the trait of integrity back into politics? And while we are at it, how bout some humanity, too? Oh, and now that we killed the ONE person we have been looking for ten years can we please send the fucking troops home? Now? Christ.