A half century ago when I was teaching some boys in a junior high school in Harlem, the kids asked me to explain the modern world that was then known as the “Cold War.” So, I explained it. “Guys, during WWII the good guys were the Americans and British and Russians and Chinese, and the bad guys were the Germans and Japanese and Italians. But, times change and today the good guys are the Americans and British and Japanese and Germans and Italians and the bad guys are the Russians and Chinese. Is that clear?” They looked at me as though I was a mad person. So, fast forward to the year 2015.
The Americans do not like the Iranians.
The Americans did not like the Iraqi people.
The Americans did not like it when the government of Saudi Arabia aids terrorists.
But, now, the Americans are allies of the Iranians who join them in fighting against the bad ISIS.
But, of course the Iranians can not be trusted to fight against the bad guys unless they allow us to lead the fight against the bad guys.
In other words the Iranians are sometimes the good guys and sometimes the bad guys.
And the Saudis are sometimes the bad guys and sometimes the good guys.
Then again, who the heck are the good or bad guys in Israel??
You figure this one out.
I confess to being emotionally overwhelmed by the recent tragic death of 150 people when their plane went down on its flight from Spain. We inhabit a world in which hate flourishes and results in the death of the innocent. A group of people boarded a plane in Spain that included children on their way home from studying. They were innocent, but unfortunately they inhabit a world in which a single mentally ill person can murder a few hundred people. New evidence indicates that one of the pilots just broke up with his girl friend and that he had serious mental issues. In the modern world when one is mentally ill, then one has the power to murder dozens of people. Frankly there is no way to avoid such calamities. We benefit from modernity and we suffer from modernity.
There are no words to express our sorrow. There are no words to explain this murder of the innocent. All we can do is chalk it up to modernity and what we humans have created in the name of ‘progress.” The only certain thing is that within a few years there will be another such incident. Just remember, there are people on social media who thrive on becoming important.
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