I am not well versed in geopolitical matters. I am not a student of international affairs. I know that what I write is spoken mostly from gut reaction to what I see as oversimplification of a serious issue: terrorism. I don’t know why a young couple would murder innocent people or why dozens of men and women lost their lives listening to music in a concert hall, but I know using the umbrella term of ‘terrorism’ brings us no closer to understanding what we’re up against.
After 9/11 happened, the best explanation local newscasts could give a shell-shocked city was that ‘they’ hate everything we stand for and that’s why they wanted to kill us. Yeah…talk like that makes it easy to identify a villain and pick a fight, but I don’t want anymore fights. I have children and I don’t want them to be desensitize to this kind of thing happening. I don’t want them to grow up thinking that violence is normal, or the problem; violence is the weed, not the root. To kill the plant, you attack at the thing that anchors it into the ground. And don’t be fooled, it’s not religion. Religion has been a long time scapegoat of extremists. If we all believed the same thing, rest assured, terrorism would still exist because there will always be people who do not believe in equality and access for everyone.
And there it is: if you want to know why someone is violent, find out what it is they lack; see the need and you’ll find the answer.