Today’s society, so focused on defining, coveting, attaining, protecting and fighting for freedom and justice globally, still always seems to fall short. While the majority of American’s would agree that they live in a generally free country, there will always be those who demand even more freedoms. Abraham Lincoln called on poet John Lydgate’s now famous words, succinctly stating, “…you can’t please all the people all the time.” Never has a phrase been truer than in these times. For along with the people’s cries for freedom and justice, they still want to maintain their right to bear arms and freedoms of speech and expression. While each of these things in and of themselves seem harmless and basic, trying to balance them all together gets tricky, and sometimes dangerous. Where does the balance lie to keep the peace and protect our country? Can we really maintain just our own borders and not be concerned with the lands beyond? In Arundhati Roy's "Come September," she recounts atrocities of passing decades, including those against the Palestinians and Japanese, to highlight war's failures, forgetting that in America there is an innate responsibility to do whatever is necessary, including war, to maintain democracy, to ensure freedom and justice within, and to limit the spread of injustice and tyranny to countries unable to fight for themselves.
Roy details the suffering the Palestinian people have endured not only to survive, but to even be recognized as a people. Giving a generalized history of Israel and Palestine, she details conflict and ongoing violence in the pursuit of their homeland. While this is not a battle that America seems to be involved with, it is fairly well known that the United States gives a significant amount of money to Israel each year, which helps to fund their side of the fight. We have not been shy about announcing our support for Israel should they need it.
Another victim of too many years of suffering is the Japanese. After the US dropped the two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it seemed the goal was accomplished – the enemy crippled, the war ended. Not only did tens of thousands of Japanese people die the days of the bombings, almost just as many more died too soon from related injuries or afflictions. Still more lived only to have children with illnesses and birth defects. The on-going despair these people suffered, and may continue to suffer today, at the hands of America cannot be taken back; there is no way to apologize.
It would be almost inhuman to not sympathize with the plights of the Palestinians or Japanese people. Surely no one deserves this treatment. Many Americans, despite access to a wealth of information, choose to remain ignorant of certain facts that may make them think twice before stating outright that no war is justified, citing examples like the Palestinians and Japanese as Roy does. However, because of all of the information available, it is also easy...