"Under official circumstances, we glorify this sort of behavior. And this glory permeates the American social structure, creating a sort of standing permission for every troubled individual — every potential army of one — to wage war against a self-perceived wrong."
When Mr. Koehler uses the term WE he lumps all persons into the category that favors war. That is not true.
any statement a person speaks or writes has two interpretations. first, the intended message of the speaker or writer and second, the interpretation of the listener or reader of those words. words are symbols which carry different connotations from one person to the next. therefor, our attempted communications often bring frustration when another member completely misunderstands the writer's intent. for example, i took bob koehler's phrase, "Under official circumstances," as a qualifier for the "we" who glorify war. surely, none of us here who read robert's essays each week lump him into the category that favors war. whether or not any person agrees with those who presume to speak for all citizens, most people on earth assume "empire america" to be a bellicose, war-loving culture. the media, hollywood and popular t.v. shows reinforce the idea that this nation adores the hyper-masculine hero and shero. in my neighborhood about one of every three houses proudly displays the american flag and two homes have added a confederate flag!
And while karmic blow-back indeed does happen, suggesting that gay people in a nightclub are its target is just one notch above that of the Fundamentalist Christians like Jerry Fallwell who REALLY push this meme.
karma is one of those words that carries numerous meanings depending on the spiritual depth of a person using or hearing the word. in my mind karmic law is a spiritual statement of the physical law, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. blow-back! in some of your past posts i've read comments such as, "I'd like to be there to see Cheney, Rove or (fill in the blank) when their Karma comes down.' i don't believe karma to be limited to our human concept of Time. so, it might mean that a person who lives as a slave owner, for example, would get an opportunity to experience life as a slave. that, i think, would be more in concert with the buddha's teachings as i understand his message.
at this time in our history we see so much upheaval in the world. environmental degradation, natural resource depletion, global warming and climate change, and wars that never end. we hear of thousands of climate and war refugees drowning at sea. imagine how it must feel to find oneself in such desperate straights in need of a helping hand and nation after nation turns one away. surely, we cannot believe these innocents deserve to die at sea.
mr. kohler is capable of speaking for himself, but in my opinion he is not homophobic and your interpretation, comparing him to fallwell is way off base! i feel he means the blow-back to the official admiration of war comes in the guise of these mass murders.
p.s. 'souixrose' you might enjoy soraya chemaly interview in which she explains her research connecting the patriarchy's failure to connect domestic violence with men who become mass murderers.