My heart goes out to those people who were caught up in that horrific attack on Glasgow airport. Everyone had a very lucky escape. We can all thank whoever our god is for that.
Now we have to avoid some of the more horrific responses to the attack. Let’s not assume that every Muslim agrees with the attacks – most do not. Let’s not assume that every Iraqi living in the British Isles agrees with the attack – most will not. Let’s not treat all Arab looking individuals as dangerous – most are not.
Let’s ask ourselves how we would react if our families were being shot and blown up every day? And if we witnessed it every night spread across our television screens, how frustrated would we quickly become at our inability to do anything? Might we be angry enough to turn to violence? The Northern Ireland experience seems to suggest that even mild-mannered, generally law-abiding, intelligent, thinking people are capable of doing or supporting violent acts when times are bad. To assume that Iraqi, Afghan, Palestinian, Chechan exiles are immune from experiencing tremendous anger when they see the continuing carnage in their countries would be foolish. Maybe they need our sympathy and support more than our condemnation.
So maybe we need to be asking more loudly how to stop these wars from happening? Every father/mother/aunt/uncle/boy or girl killed in these countries adds 10/20/30 more pained and angry people who may potentially turn to violence in their grief. That pool of pain has been polluting this world fro way too long. Is it really beyond us in the 21st century to solve these problems? Are we still that ignorant?
If Northern Ireland has taught us anything it is that it’s better to talk than bomb and shoot. How long before the governments of Great Britain and America put more resources into finding a peace than into prolonging a war?
Of course… maybe I’m reading this wrong and YOU have some thought you’d like to share. I’d like to hear them if you do.