Wednesday, April 12, 2006

What is WMD?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt died on this date in 1945. A flawed giant.

And just popped up on my screen: peace and justice activist Rev. Dr. William Sloan Coffin has died. An inspiration to your author when he was a draft resister to the Indochina War.

In the Talmud, we read: "If you save one life, you have saved the whole world. If you kill one life, you have destroyed the whole world."

Of course: when any person dies, their whole world of friends, hopes, desires, failures, accomplishments, kindnesses, dies with them.

What can kill one person? E.g.: Bullet, knife, club, automobile, brick, lamp, nuclear bomb.

We all have at hand weapons of mass destruction, for surely destroying the whole world of one life is mass destruction.

Unfortunately, some of us (Bush, Putin, etc.), have at hand the abilities to make mass destruction in wholesale quantities, not retail.

"The fault lies not in our stars . . . but in ourselves."

And in inequitous and inhuman social structures that serve the few at the expense of the many.


Blogger RtR said...

"The Nation" editor Katrina Vanden Heuvel homage to William Sloane Coffin.

6:23 PM  

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