Anyone who thinks that he or she has it bad, that his or her life cannot possibly get any worse than it is at present, should just go try living in Central Africa for a week. Or maybe he or she should just go spend some time on a children’s oncology ward. That would be the cheaper option, and he or she (probably) won’t get killed doing so.
I know I don’t really talk about current events on here, but today I am going to. Yesterday, a soldier from the state of Washington opened fire upon Afghanistan civilians, killing 16 people, nine of whom were children. That is a tragedy. Downright shocking. I mean, the Americans are supposed to be the good guys, right? So what are they doing shooting up villages of defenseless civilians?
And to top it all off, the Taliban is vowing to avenge these deaths.
If this keeps up, this war and the dozen or so like it (okay, so maybe I’m exaggerating a bit) will never be over. So it’s okay for them to kill us and our children, but when it is our soldiers doing the killing, it’s not okay?
I am in no way advocating revenge killing. An eye for an eye does not work, because the cycle keeps going. One person kills another person to avenge someone else, and another person kills the killer, and so on and so forth. Where do we draw the line? If we cannot count on the enemy to be the bigger person and stop the vicious cycle, than we must be. Of course, we cannot ignore something as big as 9/11. We cannot ignore the terrorists, especially when we are turning into terrorists ourselves.
It seems that the military base where this rogue soldier was from might have had a hand in what happened. It’s not just rogue soldiers – it’s a whole base. Whether it is a lack of discipline or something else altogether, there is a problem, and that problem is creating more problems for us. And there’s no end in sight.