A Facebook meme got me thinking about this song again. It’s one of the most scathing pieces of music I’ve ever heard. And anyone who thinks it’s an excellent idea to turn around and kill every single member of ISIS because of what they’ve done should give it a careful listen.
Bob Dylan wrote this about Vietnam in the 60s, but it still applies. I get the desire to retaliate, but I’m trying to resist it. Violence begets violence. If we continue fighting the “war” on terror with the same violence we’ve fought every other war, we will only create more violence from the terrorists. You can’t wage war on an idea; you only wage war on people. If you kill one, ten more pop up in his place. The only way to stop this insanity is to find better ways to fight. Fight poverty and hunger. Fight a lack of education. Fight intolerance and fear. Fight religious zealotry. Fight back with courage and love and books and art.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Take a minute to look around.