Thursday, July 07, 2005

My prayers are with Londoners

I don't think many of us can identify being THAT full of rage and hate. Or jelousy, or whatever else is driving these people. we take for granted so many things here... our own ability to coexist with people we disagree with. Our ability to engage in open discourse with them, and an open exchange of ideas. Our ability to live freely and without fear of harm coming to us if we disagree with the government in power. our ability to live without fear because we express disagreement with those in power. Our ability to raise our children with religion, or without religion. Our children's eventual ability to use their free will to spit in the face of our faith (or lack there of) and become scientologists minute they get to college...

we have so many problems in this country... but we have the freedom and blessing to HAVE those problems. that type of fundamentalist thinking doesn't give room for a free exchange of ideas, or even a questioning of those ideas. It doesn't give children the right to rebel, or people to pull away from the main stream. It's their way, or the high way. And these fundamentalists are SO extreme that they will simply kill anyone who doesn't agree with them. I think that's why more muslims have not stepped forward to disavow these people, or even stop them. These people have amassed too much power through fear, and now they're trying to control the west through fear.

Free people can't live in fear. We need to straighten this out now. They started doing this stuff to the united states and other countries in the 70's and 80's, and we didn't have a strong enough response. People will only go as far as you let them go (it's like how children will perform exactly up to your expectation for their behavior). We've let them get this far, and we need to do something so they don't go further. none of us want our children to grow up in a world of fear. We grew up in the cold war, where the threat of nuclear holocaust hung over our heads as an abstract, distant threat. Our children don't need to grow up living with this very real, concrete and inevidable threat. I am not talking politics, I'm talking about safety. We need to do something real and effective, and not back down from it. We're like the parent or spouse that gets trampled all over because we make threats, but the other party knows we will never back it up. This isn't about being nice or being liked any more. It's about keeping our kids and our loved ones safe.

I'm sick inside. Not with fear... mostly with rage. Rage at people who could be this way, and rage with us (not just the US, but all of the western world) for letting this senseless violence go on too long. Yes, buses explode every day in Israel, and we don't pay attention. I think somewhere, deep down, we (or at least the main stream media that fail to cover these things in depth) feel or suspect that Israel deserves it in some way. Harming women and children is NO WAY to settle a dispute. Raping and pillaging are not the way society conducts itself in the 21st century. If you think it is, then you're a barbarian and not only can you not be negotiated with, but you do not deserve attempts at negotiation or cooler heads prevailing. This is life or death, playing for keeps, put up or shut up time. What are we going to do? How are we going to respond? I fear it'll just be more of the same--politics and half-hearted attempts to show we mean business. And more people will die.

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