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  •  Innocents, and Iraq (14+ / 0-)

    I find this difficult to write, or at least to get the emphasis right.

    At this moment I'm not looking not at the brothers. What the reporting after the Boston bombing has brought for me is a detailed focus on the trauma, physical and emotional, suffered by innocent bystanders in a city street. And, for the first time, I have a specific understanding of the  ten years of suffering experienced by innocent Iraqis in their city streets, at the hands of both domestic terrorists and men in uniform, either accidentally in the fog of war, or in some cases intentionally.

    This is not to diminish the suffering of the victims in Boston, but to use their pain to illuminate, for me, the pain of other, far more numerous, "ordinary" people far away.  Of lost lives, lost limbs, lost hearing. And, as I said, it's the first time I have experienced that sharpness of focus, and I'm ashamed of that.

    When the pain can be directly attributed to events flowing from the invader's actions, many of them with the name of Jesus on their lips, it becomes astonishing that there have been apparently no US domestic attacks directly attributable to an Iraqi seeking some form of redress. It gives me new respect for them, and a hope that we, too, will stay our hand.

    I'm sure there is more that I can mine from this insight, but that's it for now.

    Use every man after his desert, and who should 'scape whipping?

    by UncleDavid on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 10:39:11 AM PDT

    •  Chris Hayes had a Yemeni guy on this week. (5+ / 0-)

      This guy had been promoting America and American values to his village in Yemen and was gradually winning them over. Then one day a drone destroyed the entire village in the course of going after a single guy. Instantly every survivor of that village was radicalized against America. He lamented that one single moment, one single action, undid years of effort on his part, and none of it could ever be turned back.

      Oh, I used to be disgusted
      Now I try to be amused
      ~~ Elvis Costello

      by smileycreek on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 12:39:02 PM PDT

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