“Collateral Damage”

Through the years I have had the opportunity to interview victims of war that have suffered unimaginable losses. Once you hear their stories and experience the horror of their tales you no longer can find meaning in words like”collateral damage.”It is so easy to roll out statistics when speaking about war and the never ending world conflicts. The dead of this past week are not merely statistics, but rather human beings whose lives were ended because of hatred, bias and a never ending set of rationales that purport to be righteous solutions. Those who opt for dialogue and peaceful solutions are branded as “unrealistic and dreamers”. I would contend that those who raise the swords are the unrealistic and naïve ones because ultimately their cause will be a pile of ashes like all the despots that have come before them.

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