victims

The nation looks on with sadness and grief at the Miami-area building collapse. As each day passes, some victims are found, many more still missing.  It breaks our hearts to think of what happened to those individuals, and to think of the terrible impact on their families and friends left behind.

And yet, in the midst of this grief, as if there is not enough death and destruction, the Biden administration sees fit to launch airstrikes Sunday targeting “Iranian-backed” groups in the Iraq-Syria border region. 

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, seven people on the ground were killed. This comes after February’s destruction of nine buildings by the US in Syria, killing at least 22 people, also targeting Iran-backed militias, with seven 500-pound bombs.

Iraq’s military spokesman decried the US air strikes as a “breach of sovereignty.” As if anyone should have to put that in words. 

As we embrace the terrible unfolding of grief in Miami, it should also give us all pause to consider the grief of victims and their families on the receiving end of military strong-arming around the world. So much incredible loss and grief through the years.

Let’s put a stop to such intentional death and destruction. Let’s look instead to healing, communication, and cooperation for a world in which we can all live safe and free from designed, deliberate disasters.

Stand for love. Stand for peace.

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8 thoughts on “victims

  1. Pingback: victims | Mystical Strings

  2. Here is how I see it, Nancy. I agree wholeheartedly that we should “look instead to healing, communication, and cooperation for a world in which we can all live safe and free from designed, deliberate disasters.” Getting everyone to buy into it is a different story. There will always be terrorists and criminals that harbor ill intention toward others. And we need to be ready with recourses to deal with these types. In other words, military strike should be the last option, but we need the option to prevent innocent people become victims. Peace.

    1. I always appreciate your perspective, Terry. And I can see the kind of purpose of which you speak remaining a necessity. I am not at all convinced, however, that these latest strikes fall into that category. Thanks for your thoughts! 🌷

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