Baghdad in Boston

 

For a Moment the World is Smaller

Baghdad Bombing

Yesterday in Iraq there were explosions in Baghdad, Fallujah, Tikrit, Samarra, and Hilla.  The BBC reports that 20 car and roadside bombs were employed.  Thirty-one people were killed and over 200 injured.  Such bombings are commonplace in Iraq and elsewhere.

A bit of Baghdad came to Boston yesterday.

It was Patriot’s Day when the famous opening skirmishes at Lexington and Concord signaled the beginning of the American Revolutionary War.

Lexington and Concord

The British were preempting the colonists, out to relieve them of their powder and cannon.  The initial fighting may have been “accidental” and the rest of it was confused but at least it was out in the open.

The timing and place of yesterday’s horror is deeply suspect and freighted with suggestions of liberty and revolution.  If so, it is a bestial attempt to appropriate symbols of the birth of America.

Boston

Our pluralistic and democratic society is remarkably free from the concussions of violent anarchy.  Still, we are prey to those who wish to de-stabilize society, be they from within or without.

Our diversity as a country is the best protection against those that would seek to destroy it.  Allowing people the space to have and express a wide a variety of views and opinions is the bedrock of American Democracy.

If America is a bit like Baghdad this morning, we can for a moment understand their struggle but we can also commit ourselves to unifying around the primary principle that makes us a free and diverse land: mutual respect for others.

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Eric Lamar
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Thank you, sir.
2014-08-14 15:23:58
Eric Lamar
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Also "Vinegar" Joe Stilwell who was completely without pretension. He famously and continuously referred to Chiang Kai-shek as that 'goddamned peanut' until FDR finally said, 'You can't say that.' FDR betrayed Stilwell to suck up to Madame Chiang.
2014-08-14 15:18:21
Victoria Huckenpahler
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"He would not ask others to take a risk he would forego." This is the essence of great leadership. Reminds me of the Marine hero, "Chesty" Puller, who was virtually worshipped by his men because he would not demand of them what he wouldn't demand of himself.
2014-08-14 15:07:03
Mike
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He must be Irish! Never trust the man behind the curtain
2014-08-13 14:09:11
Victoria Huckenpahler
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This is almost beyond belief...except that I've inadvertently come across stuff just as weird while surfing. Does this say something about what's happened to our society??!! It's sickening in a way, but on the other hand I'm still laughing.
2014-08-13 13:57:19
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