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July 17, 2016 Vol. 8 No. 42
FOR THE FALLEN OF NICE, JUSTICE, NOT REVENGE
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. It has definitely not been a fun week and our hearts and prayers go out to Nice and to France herself. We have friends and readers in the Land of Saint Joan.
The news hit us hard too, then. I spent most of two days and nights on Facebook and in the two America Online chatrooms I frequent as virtual coffeehouses. Reactions ran the gamut from total support of the nation which underwrote our own courtesy of Lafayette and others to feeling that since France had once been a colonial power and subjugated Muslim nations, this was a justified payback.
I find such thinking both popular and dangerous. I ask myself why did the people in Nice deserve to die for something that happened in the past and with which they had nothing to do?
I mean, if we follow that logic, war will be with us forever because once upon a million years ago, one of my primordial ancestors got mad and killed one of yours. So now you get to kill one of mine to even the score. Only now it’s not one on one. We are avenging each other down through history by the billions.
I took a break today to ride my bike a few miles and work off some angst. Then I went out by our fishpond and talked to an Old Friend and probably the only one besides my cousin Olya who always listens when I need to talk.
I still believe that everything happens for a reason and I accept that like a lot of mortal things, the Divine Plan is simply beyond my comprehension. I have never been taught to hate and for the first time in my life, I am experiencing that emotion. It makes me sick to my stomach.
I have been in a war and I have been part of a killing machine. I didn’t hate those people because I figured they were pretty much like me. I did what I did because I didn’t want to go to prison or be stood up against a wall and shot for not doing it. My “enemy” faced the same rather limited options.
I will not ask God to avenge those killed by ISIS because that’s asking God to take sides and I love God too much to ask the Divine One to do that. Our species is responsible for the creation of ISIS and if we created this Medusa-headed monster, we can bloody flipping well un-create it.
The killing needs to stop and if ISIS refuses to do that, we need to destroy their capacity to wage this kind of war and their motivation for doing it. I know this is being done already and that it will take time.
I am certain that if we do this with revenge in mind, we will steep our own arms up to the elbows in the blood of the innocent and of the guilty both. The day we finally, as a species say, “enough of this” and simply put an end to the option is the day the dove will fly forever.
I think we owe it to the people of Nice to do at least that much.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
NOTE: As we went to press, it was reported that this was the act of a single individual not connected with organized terrorism. ISIS is now claiming responsibility for it so both this editorial and Olya’s column stand as published.
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HYMN TO THE FALLEN OF NICE
In the wake of the ISIS lorry attack on Nice, I would like to share with you the United Nations Human Right message:
“We are appalled by the horrendous Nice Attack yesterday evening. This latest murderous assault on ordinary people, using a simple truck as a deadly weapon, is yet another blow aimed at the heart of humanity by extremists. There are now so many deadly attacks – in Baghdad, Brussels, Dhaka, Istanbul, Medina, Orlando – to name just a fraction of those that have occurred in recent months, that words of condemnation sound like damp leaves fluttering to the ground after another violent storm.
“While the motives driving yesterday’s killer in Nice are still to be established, in general we are confronted by an ideology that seems to be creating an endless supply of fanatics prepared to kill for the sake of killing. When one means of murder – hijacking planes, planting bombs, getting hold of assault rifles – becomes more difficult, they simply find another. And our response needs to be carefully calculated and highly sophisticated. It is not simply about heightened security, it is about deflating the ideology itself until it dwindles back to where it belongs — which is nowhere”.
This reminded a case during series of terrorist attacks of apartment bombings in Russia in 1999. Few buildings were saved by alarm of dwellers who noticed suspicious people coming to basements with sacks of white sand. that appeared to be the explosive RDX.
When special services fail their job to protect and defend, sometimes it’s in the hands of ordinary people.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay safe, my cousin.
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