Tuesday, August 30, 2005

This is Your Brain...

This is your brain on horrifying, mind-addling, all-perspective-on-reality-losing grief:

I take responsibility partly for my son’s death, too. I was raised in a country by a public school system that taught us that America was good, that America was just. America has been killing people, like my sister over here says, since we first stepped on this continent, we have been responsible for death and destruction. I passed on that bullshit to my son and my son enlisted. I’m going all over the country telling moms: “This country is not worth dying for. If we’re attacked, we would all go out. We’d all take whatever we had. I’d take my rolling pin and I’d beat the attackers over the head with it. But we were not attacked by Iraq. {applause} We might not even have been attacked by Osama bin Laden if {applause}. 9/11 was their Pearl Harbor to get their neo-con agenda through and, if I would have known that before my son was killed, I would have taken him to Canada. I would never have let him go and try and defend this morally repugnant system we have. The people are good, the system is morally repugnant.

We are waging a nuclear war in Iraq right now. That country is contaminated. It will be contaminated for practically eternity now.


It’s okay for Israel to occupy Palestine, but it’s – yeah – and it’s okay for Iraq to occupy – I mean, for the United States to occupy Iraq, but it’s not okay for Syria to be in Lebanon. They’re a bunch of fucking hypocrites!


And we need to, we just need to rise up. We need a revolution and make it be peaceful and make it be loving and let’s just show them all the love we have for humanity because we want to stop the inhumane slaughter.

Read more of the transcript of her speech from back in April here. Brought to my attention at Rich's site, which has a lot more detailed commentary.

After reading this, I realize how far adrift in grief this poor woman has floated. Her facts are distorted, misguided...wrong. Her emotions direct her words, her grief overwhelms her common sense...I don't know how else to put it.

What's sobering is that I couldn't rule out the fact that if one of my kids were lost this way, I might not end up the exact same way.

Any questions?

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