See News. London.

With those three words displayed on my phone from Jamie, I knew something was bad. I instantly thought of a bombing, something as bad as what happended to the Twin Towers. Luckily, and it’s hard to say luckily considering what happened, it was much smaller. However, I can’t help but think what brought this upon London. Is it their alliance with us in the war on terror, the war in Iraq, winning of the 2012 Olympic bid, or was it something else? Any way you cut it, there doesn’t need to be a reason. This is terrorism and those who sponsor it deserve no remorse. Not from me, my country, or any of those who despise of it.

9 thoughts on “See News. London.”

  1. Not a popular modern concept…evil. That is what is at work. This is a war between good and evil.There is no objective that can support actions like this. They want change brought through fear. It must be meet and defeated.

  2. While I sympathize with those affected by the bombings today I think it is simply too easy to label the responsible parties as evil. Labeling ourselves as “good” and those we are in conflict with as “evil” is how wars begin. I think it’s a lot more constructive to try to understand the differences (and similarities) between our cultures, morals, and interests (whatever they may be). Resolving conflicts is difficult when both parties are considered “evil” by the other.

  3. I agree that finding what is in common and what isn’t would be the best way to go, but I just don’t think that would be possible in every circumstance. There is always a better way to go with things, but sometimes the better way to go is just not obtainable. I mean, in your situation, you would want to sit down President Bush and Osama Bin-Laden and have them talk out the differences. I just don’t think it’s going to happen. We already have Saddam and it hasn’t happened yet with him.

    I also don’t think that it is out of line to label a party that murders 30+ people as evil. To this individual they are evil. On the flip side, to you they may not be evil. However, it’s tough to come to the table and want to talk about this stuff when something like this happens. It only distances the parties involved. But, I think you’d agree with me on this.

    I mean, is somebody like Gary Ridgeway not evil for murdering 48 people? Or do we just not understand the differences between us? (This might be a bad comparison)

  4. If you are not prepared to admit that evil exists then by abstraction there is no good. Then everything is relative. No moral absolutes. Let’s not forget that we talked to Hitler, we talked to Saddam, to no avail.

    We are brought up in a society that values tolerance of the other guy and his opinions. This can be carried to an absurd conclusion. As with Hitler there is a time when enough is enough.

    Why is this important? We are talking to North Korea and to Iran. Both will pose amjor threats to you downstream. Is understanding the other guys position going to yield a positive outcome if his position is that he wants you eliminated?

    These are critical issues for our country and western cilization.

  5. Ryan, you’re right… finding common ground and avoiding conflict isn’t always possible.

    About Gary Ridgeway, I don’t know if he’s evil or not. But if we were able to detect those types of problems (psychological issues) early on, outcomes such as the one you described should be avoidable.

    To me it just seems a lot more informative to study him rather than of call him crazy and execute him.

  6. Yeah, I totally agree Kevin. I think reflection on the past is key. Learning from people, events, places, etc… so that the future can be better for all people would be the ideal goal for everybody. Or so I would hope, right?

  7. “Those who do not know history….” and so on, and so on. Interesting conversation all around. I am glad that you at least see the value in looking objectivly at the totality of the circumstances, instead of just the most obvious outcome, Ryan. While it is true that evil does indeed exist in our world, sometimes there are differening motivations behind evil acts, and these have to be understood.

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