Satire, rhetoric, war and truth

If the pen is mightier than the sword, but words can never hurt you because only sticks and stones will break your bones, then the truth is that the power lies not in the weapon, but in the intentions of those who wield it. As the late comedian, George Carlin, said in his 1972 monologue,… Continue reading Satire, rhetoric, war and truth

Je suis…en silence

It was a protest without chants, a demonstration where the response to the call was only footfalls. The hundreds gathered in Atlanta, Sunday, to remember the 17 murdered around Paris, this week, marched in silence. Only the voices of the children calling for each other and their parents - "Gaspard," "Maman" - ruffle through the… Continue reading Je suis…en silence

War in Israel on the Ninth of Av

"By the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept and remembered Zion." Tuesday morning, August 5, when the 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas went into effect, was the Ninth of Av. Things are quiet in modern Israel on the Ninth of Av. Jewish tradition holds that it was on the ninth day of the… Continue reading War in Israel on the Ninth of Av

Evolution: seeing without the lens of war

"[T]he United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. That has been true for the century passed and it will be true for the century to come." -President Barack Obama, addressing the United States Military Academy commencement ceremony, May 28,2014 Just because we start seeing the world without looking at it through a lens… Continue reading Evolution: seeing without the lens of war

Peace withers when religion tramples the vine

Faith requires so little - only the willingness to abandon what one knows to be true in family and society, in favor of something less certain, outside one's usual life experience. That is where a prophet of faith begins his (or her) personal journey. It is not until after others have also stepped forward, into… Continue reading Peace withers when religion tramples the vine

The ebbing tide of war

"...tonight, we take comfort in knowing that the tide of war is receding." - President Barack Obama, announcing the first Afghanistan withdrawals, June 22, 2011 For 10,000 American men and women, their boots are wet as they stand in the sand of the ebbing, bloody sea. Soon, they will turn and march for home. Obama… Continue reading The ebbing tide of war