by Bruce Wallace, www.121Contact.typepad.com
The news from Libya spread like a thick bloody fog through the web, and across the airwarves. The snake of retaliation rose from flames in my belly. It came, again, as it did on September 12, 2001. Masked in compassion for the victims, blossoming in frustration at the lack of solution, it came, “Stop the Killing! End the Cruelty! Bomb the hell out of them!!!
Oops. Where did that come from? Is this me? Yes. It’s true. For a moment there I was on the side of the bombers; the violent suppressors of violence; the acceptors of “collateral damage”; the ones who kill for peace.
When faced with the live coverage of atrocities it is easy to fall prey to the media’s insistence that we react at the speed of the media; that we move quickly, without thought; that we let our emotions control our actions. An internal battle is begun and it is no less than a Jihad of the most important kind.
Emotions are not morals. It is simply wrong to kill people. The soldiers of Gadhafi are sons of families that will mourn their deaths as much as the families of those who die in trying to overthrow the Libyan government; as much as the families of those lost in Japan’s recent troubles; as much as the families of 9/11 victims mourn their dead. I am recovered now, and call for an end to America's involvement in killing people in Libya.
We are 10 years beyond September 11, 2001. Haven’t we learned anything yet? We must exhaust all possible non-violent means to change the world. Many are acting in this way right now. You can read some of their stories on 911Stories.
Maybe you will be the next to join the real battle.