The Blue Ridge Marathon and the Hollins District contest for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in today’s letters to the editor.
Violence follows us home
“Save me from the time of trial, and deliver me from evil.” The final line in the Lord’s Prayer was on my mind at Saturday’s monthly peace vigil sponsored by Plowshare Peace Center.
It was a beautiful day to stand for an hour in the sun and reflect on the events of last week. The heightened police presence and the many marathon runners flooded my mind with sights and sounds that media repeated continuously through the week after the Boston bombings.
I was dismayed at the senseless loss of lives and limbs, and like everyone, I was relieved that the suspect was in custody and that he was alive so that more might be learned about why this young man, the same age as my own son, would collaborate in such a crime.
As I stood there holding a sign that read “Out of Middle East,” I wondered how many are connecting the dots, recognizing a connection between evil in Boston and evil in illegal American drone attacks, which, depending upon the source, have killed and maimed hundreds to thousands of civilians in Yemen and Pakistan, many women and children. I kept thinking, “Violence begets violence.”
“You reap what you sow.”
MICHAEL L. BENTLEY