1. I’ve tried to articulate many times why it is that I find the current situation in #Ethiopia so deeply devastating & why I think all of us should feel the same devastation & speak out against it. It seems I have failed in my attempt. I’ve been told many times that
2. I am biased, that I am not looking at the full picture, that I am too certain of my views, that my conviction on the matter is too rigid, that I should remain open minded... I’ve attempted to take these criticisms to heart. In that, I have failed as well.
3. I remain devastated about the war in #Tigray. I remain rigid in my conviction that this war was unnecessary & avoidable. But I am not here to make the argument that this is not a just war (it isn’t), but to state for the umpteenth time, that war is NOT normal.
1. In many nations, during times of war, there are almost always groups of people who organize to become the voice of peace. When the US waged war in Iraq to “liberate” the Iraqi people & “ bring democracy” to the Middle East, many people in the US went to the streets
2. with both fury & sadness, to protest the war. When these protests took place, it didn’t occur to anyone to accuse these individuals of fostering favoritism or secretly supporting Saddam Hussein or terrorism. No-one was accused of being their sympathizers.
3. No-one was accused of using social media or street protests to “bully” George Bush & his administration. These protestors were the amplifiers of the voices of the weak & most vulnerable whose lives were simply not thought of as valuable, thus worth saving.
1. I think one of the reasons for this is that most of us don't want to face our own souls. We see ourselves as generally "good people"- which of course might be true - but we easily forget that a potential for “bad” also lurks in each of us (part of being human).
2. If people meditated more on what war truly is, they would never approve of it (I’d like to think at least most wouldn’t). But we don’t. we only focus on our need for “justice” (which we have let ourselves believe will be brought forth through war).
3. We never face the very harsh fact that when we approve of war, we are also, by definition, approving of the suffering & death of innocent men, women & children who have nothing to do with the politics of the elite, who, just like you and I,
If it was your lover, under whose feet you worship, who tells you she is fearful of bombs being dropped in her hometown. If it was your son whose future gives you purpose & whose joy you exist for, who pleads with you to keep him safe.
If it was your brother whose love sustains you who risks amputation & death, you’d go to the heavens to find a way for this war to cease. You wouldn’t be so quick to argue that "there was no choice left," that "the risks have been qualified"
that "this is a justified war," that "they deserve it" or that "the nation's integrity is on the line." You simply wouldn’t. You’d use every means you have to plead all sides to stop the madness. You’d want all sides to come together and negotiate, even if it's