“Yes, I pushed him down the stairs
But he’s the one who fell.”
Not a valid defense for violence.
Doesn’t turn a terrorist into a freedom fighter.
Won’t create justice for the wrongfully accused.
Can’t replace lies with an ethical mission.
Won’t douse fire once ignited
Or salvage what’s been destroyed.
Not a reason to hold hostage the innocent.
Does not showcase nefarious behavior as decency.
Won’t grant a medal for heroism
Or a trophy for humanitarianism.
Unconvincing as policy for disguising acts
Of bigotry, racism, misogyny, deceit, or hatred.
Address God in any and every language,
It doesn’t make an evil deed holy.
And it sure as hell isn’t a mandate for peace.
Only cowards push and blame.
Just a Thought 73
Painting Steps in Algiers by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, courtesy Wikimedia Commons