From comments in Greenwald in the Guardian (the blogroll on the right needs updating of this link)
17 May 2013 2:10pm Recommended 92
If one of mine was killed by a bomb dropped by a foreign power I would spend the rest of my natural life looking to get revenge, to kill any citizens of said power, to do as much damage and violence to them as I possibly could. I think anyone who lost a child in this way would do exactly the same.
17 May 2013 2:20pm Recommend 26
@furminator - It is commendable of you to be so explicit about your willingness to be radicalised.
17 May 2013 3:01pm Recommend 128
@PeeteeSF 17 May 2013 2:20pm.
It is commendable of you to be so explicit about your willingness to be radicalised.
You would be placid and forgiving if your family were butchered by the agents of a foreign government? You would still be placid and forgiving when that state asserted that it had done nothing wrong, would not punish the perpetrators and insisted that your family were not murdered at all but were "collateral damage"?
That is most noble of you.
17 May 2013 4:31pm Recommend 52
@FluffytheObeseCat 17 May 2013 4:21pm.
We may be doing PeeteeSF a disservice in that he may be opposing all acts of revenge, which of course is the right thing to do. In which case, he should equally condemn the invasion of Afghanistan, as that was primarily a punitive mission in revenge for the 9/11 attacks. That invasion managed to kill in its first six weeks more than 3,000 Afghan civilians, a death toll equal to 9/11.
If revenge is wrong - and it is - then it must be wrong in all circumstances, not only when wronged victims of state aggression take revenge via terrorism.