Thank you again. You are speaking truth to power, and that power is violence. I am just a bit older.
During my entire life, this country has terrorized its citizens, (mostly those who fight, supposedly for "us" whoever that is) as well as those it calls our enemies, from one pointless war/military "action" to another. We have emboldened tyrants the world over.
We have killed over 150,000 in Mexico within just the last ten years because we created the worldwide war on drugs. That is almost triple our own losses on the long black wall, a testament to those used as pawns in the game of death in Vietnam, and yet that war was decades longer.
When bombs from the USA pilots rain down in the middle of the night upon innocent civilians--that is the very definition of terrorism. In fact, in any war, both and all sides become terrorists, because war is nothing more than entities attempting political change through fear/hate/murder. War is just organized murder, with terrorists fighting each other.
And yet, when we have a mass shooting by a white male Christian, the media and government refuse to call him a terrorist. Change the color of his skin, his religion, and then he is a terrorist.
And saying you love Madeline's "tears and anger" shows wisdom beyond your years.
My oldest memory of War is when the Vietnam draft was being shown on TV. I was then maybe a year older than Madeline. One evening the draft calendar was televised, and I saw on that calendar--my birthday in black. Running to my parents in the kitchen, I said, "The TV says I have to be in the army."
Yes, my country terrified me at age 3, and has ever since then, but when Carter was president.