Canada is caught in the maelstrom. We are trapped between rage and remission, revocation and respite. The pandemic has taken its revenge in the destruction of our hospital services, the lost years of education for our children and the ever-growing and lingering lists of the dead. Looking forward, the world is teetering between recession, inflation and war.
And do we understand the anger? The hopelessness? Can we cope with the insouciant climate deniers, vaccination deniers, peace deniers? Is peace, order and good government just something from another century?
Do we countenance the American use of Murder Inc. to kill Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri? How many innocents were killed as collateral damage? And how much was paid for his betrayal?
Too bad Murder Inc. does not have the address of that gentleman in the Kremlin who thinks it is alright to kill children so that he can have Ukraine as part of his domain. After all, if Americans have a talent with weapons, why not flaunt it?
Why should that talent be wasted on children in school, people peacefully shopping or people of a particular colour, engaged in their prayers? Or is this talent reserved for those wishing to kill people who might not shoot back?
Mother Nature is certainly getting back at us. She is burning the trees that are needed to give us oxygen. The same trees that gave us shade from a blazing sun. Her tornadoes tear across our landscape, destroying homes carelessly placed in their path. What she cannot inflict with fire, she floods. Those of us she doesn’t drown, she leaves destitute and homeless.
But Mother Nature is a pussycat compared to humans. The first thing we should do is take the guns away from the police. It might be our only chance at finding out who really are the bad guys.
The police can be tasked as community helpers. They can find shelter for the homeless, food for the hungry, a future for the despondent. The challenge to all of us is to help make this a better world.
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