Mon, 13 June 2016
It's a struggle to talk about an event like the Orlando massacre. I mean, it would be easy if I just followed one pre-approved philosophical line. I could blame radical Islam, and certainly there is plenty of room for that. I could blame guns since it's such an easy target. What you can't do though is suggest our own actions may have been a contributing factor to the events this weekend.
Do do that would mean laying at least partial blame on the events at the feet of American foreign policy. It seems only logical to me that, given the totality of circumstances that we at least consider the possibility. If you do, though, get ready for an attack from both sides. You've now drifted off the index card of allowable opinion, and you're going to be ostracized for it.
Today I'm going to do my best to thread the needle. Part of the reason I chose my words so carefully is that I'm not entirely sure I'm right. I just know that if I'm going to be fair in my assessment, I can't overlook America's role in creating the environment where these types of attacks spring forth.
To all those who lost their lives, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. I want what we all want. To see that this never happens again.