Where Thinking Is The Bond

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Natrual Disaster Chaos Vs. American Disaster Chaos

With and estimated 44,000 deaths counted so far and fears of up to 100,000 reported, the Asia Tsunami is by far the most devastating natural disaster to hit in my recent memory. Millions of lives disrupted and towns left like smoldering piles of ruins. Our country is repoted to be donating $15 million to the cause. $15 million. Say it again. Gosh, we're really doing the 'morally right' thing. Families lost kids, parents relatives. Towns were washed out to see. The grief that was spread by this giant wave is unimaginable.

A few thousand miles from this quake's epicenter, another tragedy has been unfolding in the desert of Iraq. With approximately 15,000 civilian deaths estimated to be caused directly by the US military and thousands more deaths caused indirectly by our presence in the region, this human cost in blood is not yet recognized by the media as a humanitarian catastrophe of our own making. The 'insurgents' are the cause of much suffering these days. But where do they get their support from? Having something to fight (the US) is only fueling their cause. Without an international force, we are perceived as occupiers by many, and they are giving their lives to fight for what they believe in. Our soldiers are giving THEIR lives to fight for what they believe in.

Who is right in a struggle of morals? From our point of view, clearly we are in the right... but turn around and picture what the other side is thinking. What FUELS their struggle? If my brother or mother was killed by a jittery soldier at a checkpoint, or an errant bomb, or the 'liberation' of a city, I might be inclined to take up arms against this enemy. Luckily, no one is occupying the US right now (other than a hypocritcal band of fat cats).

The solution to conflicts will only be understood by seeing the world in shades of gray, not black and white.


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