Kudos to everyone for getting most of the uninjured people out of Qusair safely. As far as I understand, there are reports of about 1200 injured, many of whom are without medical resources (with unverified reports of the use of paper for bandages). We now have a refugee crisis. Although expensive (most of these people will have lost their entire homes, schools, medical services, and land/gardens if not animals), it is surely better than a massacre.
One of my bro’s once quipped to one of my other stricter bro’s who is raising children that “Regime change starts at home.” I’m sighing (with relief here as my blood pressure drops) that, in the face of children, everyone kind of set some important precedents:
1) Don’t kill if you don’t have to. Give the other side a way out.
2) In the face of overwhelming force, be reasonable and leave if one is really unhappy to the point of contemplating suicidal or homicidal behavior.
3) Rebellion can be hard, and rebels don’t always win. Nevertheless, rebels should be given a voice. From the perspective of a country successfully founded by a revolution, this point may be forgotten by those who learn U.S. history. It cost about 25,000 lives when the American Revolution happened.
In the context of the recent Boston Marathon bombing, assuming for a second that Tsarnaev did do the bombing, was he trying to earn his citizenship the way it historically happened? Through a Tea Party-like gesture that would cost many limbs and 3 lives, instead of thousands? He wanted to be a doctor. I somehow don’t think his point was historical. I’m presuming it was medical. It’s hard not to be angry – I know people that run marathons. As someone who is running my own marathon with diabetes, I very well may lose a limb, if not my life beforehand.
The cost of rebellion against a highly authoritative regime of dieting, exercising, and insulin injection. It could happen even without the rebellion.
4) Life and respect for life is more important than property. Defending this idea sometimes requires a noble (gentleman or gentlewoman’s) approach to situations where one loses property, that is: faith in one’s inherent Job-like capacity to rebuild from loss. It can be hard when one is essentially born into debt through chronic illness. There is a constant financial negotiation for one’s life that consequently ensues, like most hostage situations.
Important points. I note the sadness in the rebel reports, and the fear that what happened in Qusair may transfer to other cities like Aleppo or Damascus, or that the conflict may spill over the border into Lebanon (where many people do speak French because it was formerly a French colony). In the face of displacement, and although there are reports that a few have remained behind in pockets in Qusair, the rebels deserve a lot of voice in this situation. The feeling expressed by some is that the government has escalated what was a peaceful protest into a violent protest where 93000 lives have been lost.
Today, we pause briefly and take a deep breath. The people of Qusair, far from secure, are yet still alive. Dogs need exercise and care. As I move intellectually from the expanse of the globe, back toward the reality of my own domain (a mapping problem), I try to mentally accept the stricter rules and focus required to perform mathematical operations. I’d hate for anyone to think that, as a woman, I have a mushy brain…