Friday, May 6, 2011

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”: Mohandas Gandhi

Did anyone else find the display and joy of Americans in the streets over the death of Osama Bin Laden just patently morose and self serving - even crass by conservative standards? I am American and I did. I also live in Vietnam, a country where America killed nearly 1,100,00 north Vietnamese soldiers over 40 years ago during the conflict and infected another estimated 5 million today with diseases and deformities as a result of Agent Orange dispersion - the 2nd largest display of attempted chemical genocide ever in modern times. Perspective is needed here. Information is needed here. History is needed here, compassion is needed here - not gloating in place of proper grieving for our small number of lives and architecture lost. This week was a media event, a play into our willing suspension of disbelief to have a bad man die at the end of a battle. You can leave the movie now, it's over. Time for another presidential election campaign. I felt we as a country behaved deplorably in a moral capacity this week.

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