Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Which World will Stand for Us?

"It's payback! I am hoping the fish and the crabs are having a good meal on his eyeballs."..."Rot in hell!"..."Justice is just a politician's word. It is all about revenge for me."...The Statue of Liberty clutching Bin Laden's severed and bloody head," "USA USA"..."Triumphalism and unapologetic patriotism are in order. We got the son of a bitch," USA USA

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars, Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." Martin Luther King Jr sent to me by Paula.

How can we respect all the lives, in all countries, all the families, in all countries, touched by this madness we have all been part of--endless war in the name of our national certainties, our national needs, national vanities and national fears--the children blown apart, all the children, the parents living unwanted lives so much has been lost, all the human hearts twisted by so much pain, so much loss--all the hearts, not one country's over another, all the loss to our collective human selves.

statue of Ghandi in the peace garden of Tavistock Place

What is left of us?

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