Left: F16 Fighting Falcon; photo courtesy of USAF
(Toledo, OH) Over the past few days I have heard quite a few military jets take off from the airbase in suburban Toledo. My house lies under the flight path of the F16s of the 180th Fighter Wing.
It seems to me that I have not heard this much activity since the days after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, DC. This, however, is one person's opinion, and should not be construed as providing material aid to enemies foreign or domestic.
The rumbling of Fighting Falcons over my house was juxtaposed with the bellicose, chest-thumping rhetoric of the hosts of Fox and Friends this morning, who performed their duties as America's most telegenic beaters of war drums against Iran and other nameless "enemies."
The sounds of war envelop us, and I suppose it is only a matter of time before the World War III trumpeted by the likes of Newt Gingrich become reality for the denizens of the planet.
We do, however, have a small amount of time remaining to change course, as war is never inevitable.
We can also demand that our elected leaders - Republican, Democrat, or Other - navigate us away from war and toward a world of peace.
I know that by writing these words I am condemning myself to the label of dreamy peacenik (or that I am suffering from "moral and intellectual confusion," in the parlance of Donald Rumsfeld), and that my insignificant voice will have little effect against what seems to be a tidal wave of pro-war sentiment.
But perhaps this post could be the virtual equivalent of the metaphorical butterfly's wings that create a tiny atmospheric disturbance that - following the logic of chaos theory - lead to profound changes elsewhere. So here goes:
No war. No war. No war.