To my ongoing perplexity and despair, what is never part of the story is the concept of karma: what goes around comes around.
William J. Astore: If the U.S. is now “a nation at war,” when, do tell, will we return to being a nation at peace? If the answer is, “When the last terrorist is eliminated,” say goodbye right now to what’s left of American democracy.
Larry Wines: That endless roll of statistics that distills human carnage into numbers has a new line in the compilation, as anonymous as traffic highway deaths, as impersonal as any numbers too big to associate with individual human persons who are suddenly dead.
Peter Cavanaugh: Although Saudi Arabia has long denied any involvement in condoning or supporting the nightmare of 9/11, it does seem reasonable to suggest after almost 15 years that certain persons and/or elements in Saudi society were quite possibly major contributors to the debacle. Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act
William Blum: I’m surprised at how often those who are highly critical of ISIS, and supportive of the movement to defeat them, are very reluctant to denounce ISIS as a religious force; this, apparently, would be politically incorrect.
Richard Jackson: Recovering sympathy for the terrorist, recognizing their humanity, their politics, their suffering, their aspirations, their sense of self in this particular historical epoch, is essential for understanding the roots of their violent actions.
Larry Wines: Ultimately, we must determine who all this is about — them or us — and whether we wish to be defined by the choices we make about them, or by a deeper and more abiding sense of who we are.
Steve Hochstadt: If Adam Lanza had managed to leave Sandy Hook Elementary School and drive towards New York, an hour away, would that city have been shut down? Under what circumstances should our government close down a city? If the perpetrators were not born in the US? If they hate America, not just their neighbors? If they have bombs?
Michael Haas: Washington refuses to connect the dots and continues to foment more anger among Muslims around the world, who in turn are aware of and eager to retaliate against such obvious American war crimes.
Wilson Riles: The U.S. must drop its false sense of superiority and exceptionalism born of racism and imperialism.
Robert Reich: The horror of the Boston Marathon is real. But the xenophobic fears it has aroused are not. I would have hoped United States senators felt an obligation to calm public passions than pander to them.
Tina Dupuy: I find it comforting to think of just how lazy the Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were. No attempts to hide their identity. No going through all the trouble of writing a manifesto. Not even a declarative sentence, actually.
Rev. Jim Nelson: What is it about us that lets such hatred or anger grow in us that we believe it is acceptable to sow such harm and terror, such evil?