thu 24 jul 2014 20:33:52 witte de withstraat
my stay non-aligned message
what i wrote on facebook this evening.
i think it's still sinking in to me, how deeply this aircrash in ukraine has shaken nederland. for two days now, airplanes have been landing in eindhoven carrying the dutch dead. some people have the awful task of trying to identify the remains. yesterday thousands of people lined the streets and marched to show their sadness. i personally did not recognize any names on the victims list, but in a small country, there's a good chance that someone you walk by today knows somebody who is no more. a german news correspondent i just watched said that in a way it's comparable to the impact nine eleven had on the US.
what's bothering me is that there are 'discorporate entities' ambient among us which draw people toward taking sides with nations. in my opinion too hastily. people have their guesses as to which polity or would-be polity is responsible for the crime. and very often these guesses snap to grid with whoever you are preconditioned to believe.
and right now this is coming down to exactly the kind of polarization we should be strenuously avoiding. some question the credibility of america, some question the credibility of russia — as if either of those powers ever had credibility (!?). and i may have my own guesses as to which 'side' the shooter worked for, but i have no personal proof. i do not *know* for myself. moreover, the 'employer' of the shooter is, and should remain, irrelevant — despite what the stakeholders would have you believe. somebody will benefit, in the short term, from swift, misguided hostility. somebody always does. but it won't be us.
if you'll remember: haste to react did *not* serve the world well in the aftermath of nine eleven. it led to grievous errors of judgment and a deluge of needless suffering. the same can happen again, but this time truly at the edge of world war three.
that's why i say:
the person who pressed the launch button is responsible. the rest is politics.
i don't *care* who the shooter worked for. the shooter is responsible for pulling the trigger on 298 passersby.
so do not let them force you to take sides. we can triumph over this episode only if we stay non-aligned.