Now Imagine They’re Syrian

Postcard from a Pigeon

First, let me beg your indulgence. Let me recall the words of Matthew McConaughey as public defender, Jake Brigance in the 1996 movie, A Time to Kill, when, defending Samuel Jackson, the vengeful father in his murder trial, he said, ‘now imagine she’s white.’

Irish people felt that about British justice in the past and, clearly, oppressed minorities have felt that throughout the world, including minority communites who feel less trustful of American justice.

Revenge has no room in true justice. The people of Palestine, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, even Israel, could attest to that.

In September 1920 three incidents occurred in a remote, Atlantic ocean side community of Ireland, that were to have a fundamental and devastating effect on an ongoing war, for independence from British colonialism and for defeat of a colonial oppressor. From the British point of view, it was part of an effort to suppress a treasonous…

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