Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Working Away......

Late last night, our team was "on the grid" as it finished off the latest series of Notations as the Paris Raid as the French have been pursuing the culprits of the heinous act.   Based on the latest from Paris, at least one of the suspects blew herself up in a suicide vest. What has been disappointing is how some of the politicans in the United States have reacted--including Chris Christie who said even Syrian Kids cannot be admitted.      

I saw this from the folks at the National Priorities Project that was the voice of reason ever more which I hope leaders take notice of--although she forgot Ankara, it is still worth noting.  This is also as a day does not pass by without some sort of an attack in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Truly Challenging times.....

Dear Mike,We at NPP join the world in mourning and solidarity with the people of Beirut and Paris who suffered unconscionable attacks last week. These heartbreaking acts of random violence are intolerable.

At times like this, we may feel anger and fear along with compassion for the innocent victims. The temptation to react swiftly and forcefully in response to such violence is understandable.

In the face of calls for an immediate military response, it is heartening that President Obama has rejected calls for a knee-jerk military action. If we are to break the spell that terrorism casts on our world, calmer heads must prevail. We must be deliberate in our actions.

Americans want our federal government to provide safety from harm, perhaps above all else. But Americans do not need or want false security, and our government should not respond with empty, expensive, and potentially endless military campaigns that cost human lives and countless dollars – especially if they don't make us any safer. The hard truth is that our military campaigns can lead to more harm and suffering around the world, and make us less safe at home.

There is little room for error. As we reach out to Beirut and Paris with full hearts, we must also hold our leaders accountable to guide a deliberate U.S. response with steady hands.
Lindsay Koshgarian
National Priorities Project

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