Note: I went to post this last night, and the Internet failed me.
14-15 April is the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. 101 years ago it happened, and oddly enough, on the same says of the week (Sunday into Monday). I originally was planning on writing how this tragedy sparked a major U.S. Senate inquiry almost immediately after the sinking about what could've been done to prevent such an immense loss of life. I wanted to compare it to the issue of gun violence today, and how many months later and still politicians are dragging their feet on how to resolve such an problem; meanwhile, more and more people die every day from gun violence. It didn't take dozens of other sinking ships and thousands more lives lost to have international maritime law changed after Titanic.
But of course, fate had other plans. Another type of tragedy struck Boston today. I had a couple of friends in Boston, one of whom was running the marathon. Thankfully, he finished the marathon and they were out of the area before the explosions happened. I've only caught glimpses of the immediate aftermath, and I'm surprised how graphic some of the photos are (so often such images and video are censored in the U.S.). Since leaving work earlier today, I've had an odd feeling running throughout my mind and body. I can't quite tell what it is, but I believe it's the disbelief that something like this has happened again and the anger at why people just don't understand why violence does not work. The fact security was increased in the metro and the immediate area surrounding the White House was cordoned off here in D.C. also makes me angry, because we are intimidated by fear; yet, what else are we supposed to do when an unknown threat makes an appearance? So many people claim to believe in the Christian God and Jesus, telling us to put our faith in Him; and yet, they decide to trust security and weapons and point fingers when any sort of danger strikes?
I posted this on Facebook as a way to express my thoughts in a nutshell:
"Boston, Baghdad, Aleppo, Derry, Kabul, Jerusalem, Oslo/Utoeya, Jakarta, London, Mumbai, Madrid, Quetta, Kaduna, Bali, NYC, Omagh, Nairobi, Lahore, Belfast, Cairo, Oklahoma City, Buenos Aires, Brighton, Dar es Salaam, Tel Aviv . . . how many more cities have to be bombed, how many more people have to die, how much more property has to be destroyed before we all say ‘Enough!’ and give peace a chance?”
Peace always, everywhere . . .