Do we want our children to use violence to solve problems? Parents, I hope, make the effort to set an example, to use and teach communication skills, and nurture mutual respect. How can we then as a nation use killing to stop killing & install democracy? What are we showing other nations by our actions?
We as America, talk a good game. Recently the commemorative events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King brought me to tears a number of times. The American Dream is a beautiful dream. It is a worthwhile dream to pass on to the next generation. We can't just talk about it though, we must as a country live it. We need to shock the rest of the planet by our goodness, our democratic actions, our compassion, not by how many weapons we can shoot off, how many countries we can invade, or how many prisons we can fill up.
When do we evolve to the point of realizing that 'all Created equal' means ALL Created equal? And as a self professed 'Christian' nation, as many like to say we are, when do we honor 'thou shalt not kill' and 'love thy neighbor as thyself?' When do we come to grips with the fact there is really only one race, the human race, and that human rights should apply to all equally. Equal justice under the law can not just be spoken, but must be enacted.
Chemical weapons are horrible, but so is agent orange, and so is napalm, and depleted uranium, and starvation, and slavery, and child soldiers. How many more wars with other sovereign nations do we plan? They don't work. We have had war after war after war after war, and we have more people that hate the US than ever before. Traveling as an American also must be more of a challenge. Use to dream of visiting Egypt. Not any more. Would imagine US tourists staying a lot closer to home.
It doesn't have to be that way. We could be leaders on the world stage, setting an example of solving problems without violence, showing how to make things better, and not just the biggest, so far, bullies on the block. In time we could gain respect, in time hopefully forgiveness for our past barbaric ways. In time a place and a culture we could be proud to pass on to our children. The children we tell not to hit their brothers and sisters.