Thursday, June 8, 2006

Today we got our man

By continual bombing we were probably bound to get him sooner or later. However, the number of innocent persons also killed in that particular raid, not to mention all the others we've launched, will never be made known. No one will mourn them, except their families who may never find out what happened to their loved ones.

And our young men in uniform? They are now safe from the designs of the "bloodthirsty and violent thug." He who sought to harm them (along with any Iraqi civilians who happened to be in the way) is dead. That is a reality. But the killing we force our soldiers to do will take its toll on them when they return. That is a competing reality, one that we are reluctant to face, though century follows century.

I feel sad today...sad that our leaders believe that the only way to make us safe is with a heavier "footprint" in the Middle East, a heavier dose of violence...sad that many will believe that this war has been all about our safety, about "fighting them over there so they don't come over here"...sad that Iraq has been reduced to the state of a lunar landscape...sad that yet again we have opted for fighting with outward weapons, sad that our children will come home and be haunted by this for years to come.

I hold the leaders of the US and Iraq, all military personnel and contractors, the Iraqi people, and those of us who oppose this and all wars in one great embrace and pray that we all may benefit from a heavy dose of the Light.

3 comments:

  1. Amen, sister!

    This morning, I counted the times the word "terrorist" was used on the radio and lost count all too quickly. Every other sentence contained either that or a similarly loaded word.

    I wondered if anyone else listening to that broadcast thought about all the other people caught in the blast, if anyone thought about (at the least) the lost opportunity to have a trial for this person. When I heard the word "justice" used, I thought, "I do not think that word means what you think it means." Death isn't justice, it's just death. Everybody dies, some sooner, some later. Some peacefully and others in pain - mental or physical. And every one of them is a diminishment, taking with them something that only they could give the world.

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  2. I feel a very shallow victory for world peace with our killing of one more bloody thug. We have sold out what we hold dear (rule of law) to accomplish this.

    Thank you for holding our "young men in uniform" in the light. This conflict has almost paralized me with rage on one hand and concern for everyone on the other.

    We do need to find a better way to deal with conflict.

    Peace

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  3. Hi GMC,

    I have a son graduating from high school tomorrow. Of course, we have the wherewithal to send him to college, but he could have been one of those young kids who enlist because it's the only opportunity to get a college education or to get out of their little home town. Or, they could simply believe that they are really protecting America.

    And I have another son just a bit younger. How could I not hold our military personnel in the Light?

    Do you know Chuck Fager of Quaker House? I wrote to him once when I was really perplexed about some aspect of pacifism, and he was very empathetic. He has a lot of experience dealing with these questions and helping both conscientious objectors and veterans. Maybe you might want to send him an email sometime.

    Anyway, yes, I can understand your anguish. May you find some inner peace.

    Hey, plain foolish -- let's hear it for us fools!! thanks for stopping by!

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