Okay, a week of this is enough! Am I the only one not crowing at how we murdered someone in their bed; how revenge can be called “justice”?
Certainly, we’re a free country. We can kill anyone we want to, then call it any name we like (”defense”?) All of humankind was given free will...to blow up Twin Towers, and to hunt down, torture and kill the masterminds.
But both acts define us; they define the fanatic for what he is; and they define the nation so disturbingly gleeful at revenge. I, for one, see no “justice” here.
The flag-waving and talk of pride at being an American, as I’ve heard over and over again on TV this week, is simply distasteful. There’s more than a hint of mob mentality going on here; not just the enthusiastic shouts of a lynching, but where even questioning our response to perceived wrong-doing could be tantamount to siding with the devil.
How does mirroring the action of a murderer make us any better? Have we not been guilty ourselves of killing innocent people?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in favor of coddling Bin Laden or any local thug on the street. But the fist-pumping zeal I’ve witnessed this week; so-called Christian people conveniently deciding when “God’s Law” does not apply...if nothing else, it’s a lesson in the shifting sands which ARE “morality”.
Ever notice how attackers never see themselves as the aggressors, but as defenders? Something is “right”...until it isn’t. It’s all good until something no longer suits...and then it’s bad. (Donald Trump said we should invade the Middle East and simply take the oil we need...and we're still worrying over Osama Bin Laden??!)
More to my point is this: how does killing--and celebrating--define us? Who will we deem worthy next? Do these acts really take us to where we say we want to go? Hating war and loving peace are NOT the same thing.
Let’s look at this and start re-thinking...and please, don’t kill the messenger!