I do not think the General was a good man, but the problem is, I don't think Trump is either. No matter how I try to justify his killing, something feels off about it. I cannot believe that in this instance - in this terribly fragile time - it was the right move. Also, it may be a stupidly cynical thing for me to even contemplate, but there is an election to win after all, and surely this is the kind of reckless move that would appeal to so many of Trump's supporters. However, I am aware that there were other entirely 'innocent' reasons behind the assassination too...
Really well expressed, MA; I genuinely feel your pain and frustration.
Thanks, Ben. It's tough because I don't think anyone here is denying the fact that the General was evil and did evil things, but it's the way that I believe we provoke and chose to escalate... that is what is bringing that uneasiness. I'm reading figures that in the past 15 years or so, there has been over 2 million Iraqi deaths. And we're endangering over three thousand of our own troops now. Which again, I don't feel like American lives should be important than others. It's just the reality of lives being expendable, no matter who you are, this is involvement for questionable reasons. (And yep, I've seen the same concern and I wouldn't put it past him to be reckless and do this for ulterior motives like the election).
I also think it goes beyond distaste or frustration toward this administration, which many of us have anger about, and rightfully so, but realization that presidents before this one have intervened as well and it wasn't okay then either. I think many of us in our 20s, at least in my local community, are understanding what this means and becoming more vocal. Someone on reddit was mentioning that those overseas who are in their 20s probably knew nothing but war, air strikes, etc. I'm sure there are countless civilians there who don't want this at all, because they've already seen enough destruction, yet it is propaganda here that this is taking a necessary precaution.
There's a day of action peace rally at my city's courthouse today, so hopefully there is a nice turnout. We're lucky to have some really neat activist organizations here working along with the Veterans for Peace group.