Children of the drone strikes: do they matter any less than the children of Sandy Hook?

4 thoughts on “Children of the drone strikes: do they matter any less than the children of Sandy Hook?”

  1. Thank you Ben. Maybe, in time, the more we are made to think about it, the flimsier our arguments for ‘the way things are’ will become. When so many of my Christian friends throw their support behind the ‘necessities’ or ‘sad realities’ of the modern age and the steps necessary in surviving it, it begins to feel like a world gone crazy, taking everybody and every truth down with it.

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  2. I have been asking myself this same question in the past few years. As a former missionary kid I have vivid memories of how those “others” we went out to save were breathing the same air I was with eyes just as full of fear and wonder at the paleness of my fragile skin. It is so easy to justify ourselves in self defence only so long as those we are defending against remain alien to us. My recent-university-graduate is going to show, but it always reminds me of Foucault’s reflections on how desperately society needs “othering” in order to justify its existence. That othering has brought me so close to the precipice of denying my faith – except for Jesus, he was “other” incarnate. And that, that gets to me. I guess all I’m saying comes down to is the reality that when I justify to myself or anyone else, the death of an “other” I’m screaming “crucify him” just as ruthlessly as if I’d been there 2000 years ago.

    It makes one think.

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