I was just speaking with a normally reasonable friend, and she said something that just sent me through the roof. Normally we do not talk about politics, simply out of avoiding difficulties. However, someone mentioned the latest suicide bombing at the seder, and my friend stated that “it was unfortunate.”
It was then that I realized that everyone is part of the problem until they become outspoken critics of the latest violence, and until they gain some much needed perspective. So, in case anyone is reading this and does not understand what I am talking about, let me make things abundantly clear:
When it rains during a picnic, it is unfortunate.
When your team does not make the Sweet 16, it is unfortunate.
When you do not get the raise you wanted, it is unfortunate.
When you stub your big toe on the cedar chest on the way to the bathroom, it is unfortunate.
When someone straps 50 lbs of explosives to themselves, walks into a hotel lobby where hundreds of unsuspecting innocents are getting ready to have a celebration, and then pushes a button causing the explosives to detonate, killing 20, wounding hundreds, creating a devil’s brew of blood, furniture, and body parts, it is not unfortunate.
It is COLD BLOODED murder. Until people get this through their thick skulls (CAIR? Arab League?), we are going to have issues.