I’ve been listening to the radio a lot. In fact, it’s second only to print as my favorite source of news.
Hardly a day hasÂ goes by without something about the Virginia Tech shootings, and I’ve been letting all this wash over me – ruminating, thinking.
I just can’t help comparing recent events toÂ my experience in Israel. I’ve had my neighborhood shot at every day for a year. I’ve had a bus blow up just down the street from my apartment. My brother escaped death or serious injury by being late for a Karate lesson. I’ve arrived early to the office, in time to see the smoke of yet another massacre rise just a few blocks away.
That is life in Israel. Every day brings the possibility of a Virginia Tech massacre.
To compensate, you give your kids cell phones so that you can call them when you hear about a bombing. You discuss theÂ safest seat on the bus – in case ofÂ terrorist attack. You endure insultingly personal questions and theÂ detailed examination of every item in your backpack or purse. Luggage that isn’t sitting next to someone becomes a possible bomb. You worry that every Arab might be a terrorist – especially if they carry a backpack. You become addicted to the news.
And you don’t realize how stressful all this is, until you travel to abroad.
For those of you living in the US,Â THAT is your future. One day, probably within the next decade or so, you will be where Israel is now. Something like Virginia Tech will be a real possibility every day, unless real changes are made now.
America still doesn’t understand the ‘War on Terrorism’, and those that do understand, don’t want to make the deep sacrifices necessary to win that war. I understand that. But, the more that you delay the necessary, the more painful the necessary will need to be.
The alternative is Virginia Tech, every day.