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Close To The Heart

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[Arlington, October 8. Image via Getty]

ARLINGTON, VA - OCTOBER 08: (L-R) Major General James L. Perry presents an American flag that covered her father's coffin to five-year-old Grace Allen as she sits in her mother Amy Allen's lap during burial services at Arlington National Cemetery October 8, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nekl B. Allen died Sept. 12th in Wardak province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised-explosive device and small arms fire. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)


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Several weeks ago I made a comment about how a picture was "All kinds of win". And I was happy to see my comment promoted.

This picture is all kinds of lose. And I'm sad this occurred. Not the picture, which is worthy, but the death.

Jews are persecuted for thousands of years. They get a country after WWII. That land came from the remnants of the Ottoman Empire, which chose to side with the losers of WWI. The U.S. supports Israel, causing enmity among some Arabs and Persians. Al-Qaeda chooses to go medieval on the U.S. and hijacks planes. The U.S. launches a "War on Terror," part of which consists of handing non-compete contracts to barbarians like KBR, Halliburton and Blackwater. We manage to get some countries to go along with us. They are rewarded with the London bus and Madrid train bombings, among others. We are in Afghanistan ostensibly to deny Al-Qaeda a base of operations. But we're playing global whack-a-mole. They'll increase their presence in Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, or other places if Afghanistan isn't working out.

"You've said you don't like us and have proven it in the past, so we will fly to the other side of the earth to bomb you." How ethical is this pre-emptive strategy? It's certainly deadly, to them and us.

It makes me envy Aborigines, living in the Dreamtime thousands of years ago, isolated from the rest of the world, not owning any of the earth, just living on it.