KevLa wrote: You stated that your cousin was killed "over there". Without wanting to cause you any offence or upset, do you mind if I enquire, over where?
Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Even though I don't know how he was killed, by whom, and who he was defending, I repeat that I am sorry to hear about your cousin's death, Bob...
...But then, I'm sorry to hear about any death. Yes, even Osama Bin Laden's, especially since I am convinced it will lead to a lot more death. This is not the same as sympathising with him. I just think that cold-blooded murder, punishment without trial, war and the prospect of an imminent retaliation for the retaliation for the retaliation for the retaliation (et cetera
), are all very saddening and not a little scary. Still, I'll do my best not to let fear get the best of me and warp me into some hate-filled shadow of my former self that pretends men aren't men and revels in bloodshed.
"Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." -Martin Luther King Jr.