War Propaganda and Nationalism

I feel it's important to honor the life and the loss of this individual. I think it's also important to honor how his partner has chosen to remember him.

What upset me greatly was when Trump spoke for the deceased to say “…Ryan is looking down, right now - you know that - and he's very happy because I think he just broke a record.” This was in direct reference to the length of applause that was given in his honor.

Greenwald writes in this article (https://theintercept.com/2017/03/01/trumps-use-of-navy-seals-wife-highlights-all-the-key-ingredients-of-u-s-war-propaganda/) - “The raid in Yemen that cost Owens his life also killed 30 other people, including 'many civilians,' at least nine of whom were children. None of them were mentioned by Trump in last night’s speech, let alone honored with applause and the presence of grieving relatives.”

Lives were lost and I don't know that any amount of echoes from an applause will ever fill the space left from the loss of a loved one. What often does fill the space are the drums of war and acts of violence that follow. Airstrikes have begun (http://www.cnn.com/…/02/polit…/us-airstrikes-yemen-al-qaeda/) and expressions of military expansion begins. The story of leaders looking to rally declining nations start with othering and the grand procession of conflict and war.

I do not stand with an American first policy because it is myopic, siren song when we consider the whole of humanity. It is a great arrogance, a profound sin, to believe and accept such a view of this world. It is within a world of conflict that I have been taught by Mother Courage (https://en.wikipedia.org/wi…/MotherCourageandHerChildren) that virtues are not rewarded.