Monday, January 10, 2005

Violence and aid

Reading reports about violence in Sumatra and possible violence in Sri Lanka is completely disheartening. I guess it was too much to hope that what seemed like a shattering experience would alter the mind-sets of those who live in these places.

News that an American helicopter crashed and wasn't shot down is a relief. But, what happens when the first helicopter is shot down or when some US service personnel are killed by Islamist forces? Will the American public tolerate using the US military to bring aid to people who haven't figured out that along with 100,000 of their fellow citizens they have to bury the hatchet?