Once again, I find that Mr. Koehler's blanket indictment of human beings misses all of the following:
- The Judeo-Christian PROGRAMMING that insists, from birth, that persons are guilty sinners
- The top-down government systems that push narratives of patriotism based on national beliefs in exceptionalism
- The fear-factor that is so consistent with patriarchy, and how it's used to inflame "suspicion of other"
- The leaders who purposely equate justice with revenge or vengeance
- The mockery to Christ's teachings shown when forgiveness is NEVER put into practice except by small "truth and reconciliation" committees
And what I fault most in Mr. Koehler's return to this same narrative is his unwillingness to examine what Patriarchy means, and that when primacy is granted to men with power, they will use force to maintain systems based on domination and control.
Too many males see women now in the military, or occasionally serving as heads of corporations or visible in high govt. positions as if the sprinkling of a few women into a system that is still based on war, dominance, and economic (as well as social & cultural) hierarchies somehow comports with Democracy... or that women are now fully represented, their would-be complementary views & predilections serving as a counterbalance to the mighty male mindset that makes war its centerpiece.
The main reason why the Anglo-European love for war still taints so much of the world is due to the fact that those cultures developed weapons and found religious authorities who endorsed the use of said weapons on any so unfortunate as to live in lands these entities wanted to own, resource-plunder, or control.
Since THAT model has remained in place, it produces war and resource desecration in its wake.
It is not what many natives of South America would do. It is not what Buddhist monks would do. It is not what enlightened feminists would do. It is not what members of faith-based Black Communities would do.
It is what the world, according to its elite masters, has been conditioned to do.
And any writer who leaves out the pervasive use of propaganda, mind control, and the influence of religious houses of worship in FOMENTING war fever and/or hostility to other tribes is, in my view, irresponsible.
People seldom want war. The only way that preference can be shifted is when they are put under attack or convinced that they are under attack.
Many of the so-called terrorist events are inside jobs executed to produce that reaction. Those who set these triggers recognize that response will be instinctive.
Instead of calling out those who spread false teachings, indoctrinate the masses, and design campaigns of fear in order to win support for war (and that hardly means that all persons are onboard the pro-war juggernaut) ... Mr. Koehler falls back on the "WE are all to blame" CRAP.
Do your Christian penance by wearing a hair shirt, and leave good people out of your ruthless blanket condemnation!
Here comes that WE....
"War doesn’t work. Bombing ISIS doesn’t work. Closing our border to Syrians — or Mexicans — doesn’t work. Yet “we,” by which I mean the whole world, or at least its community of nation states and terrorists (a single entity, as far as I can tell), go back to this suicidal behavior again and again and again. “France is at war.” We greet terror with revenge. It accomplishes nothing except to make matters worse — infinitely worse — but somehow it feels right at the time, so we keep doing it."