Mouth cleared, he spoke.
"What do you think about our leaders wanting to send bombers to that country?" he said.
"I think we should send those leaders over there," I answered.
He laughed. And walked on, saying, "They can never have peace."
On the bus I phoned Senator Pat Toomey's office. Told the woman who answered I strongly oppose interference in Syria. Next I phoned the White House and said the President should always seek peace, and to let Syria be.
No point in keeping ethics a strictly-private conversation between ourselves and the highway. Here we manufacture bombs; we can accessorize your war with killer high-tech frills; here we upload weapons to everybody in the world with enough cash, but there's a steep price to pay for that kind of money. Here we inflict damage in places we have no business being: Iraq and Afghanistan. Our actions are causing the deaths, injuries and sufferings of many thousands of people, including U.S. citizens.
What was that you said about Syria? Is their country not enough distressed by violence, that we feel obliged to pile-on more? Can you name the places here in the U.S. where chemical weapons (or their equivalent in terms of harm done to human beings) are manufactured? Why not?
In 1973 our country had the wisdom to put the brakes on war. Since then we've relapsed to an extreme. What this country needs is rehab for war junkies -- and not just our leaders, either.