15 year old julie is being fitted out by her family, tribe and and Nation to be honored.
Her leader has assured her that this is the moment that she has been created for.
She will be singing for the President.
There will be thousands of people present in the close theater.
As the president greets her and the powerful explosives woven into her costume billow forth to kill and maim hundreds, she sighs in pleasure, for she knows her cause is just and the antichrist who murders and oppresses her people has been destroyed
Something any 12 year old learns with his first BB gun is the difference between the “power” to do an act and the “moral authority” . It is a tough lesson to learn; that you easily have the power to kill a robin sitting on her nest of young, but then discover to your horror, that you never had the moral authority.
Awareness of “Moral Authority” is what a man uses to stop himself from an action that he knows is wrong, when no one else can or will.
Call it conscience.
Some people are never afforded the chance to develop one. Some people believe that the “answer” to the nagging of conscience is “WILL”. - Logic of MInd, or Law. Some people never notice a moral dimension at all - “Robins”, like everything else, are just things to be used for personal aggrandizement. Some people actually manage to convince themselves that “The Robin” had it coming.
I never could.
It is a test as old as Humankind- those who do not respect moral authority, cannot be trusted with authority of any kind. Much less unchecked Power.
The president apparently takes great pains in choosing who will be executed by drone, not for imminent acts of violence, but for “Thinking violent thoughts” and “Planning violence”
The presidency was never envisioned to exercise such power.
The problem is not “selected killing” . Selected "elimination" has always been the policy of a dishonorable statecraft.It has always been the policy to mention “who will rid me of this troublesome priest?” or “What is Truth?” while washing hands and turning tactfully away. Deniability and “surprise at being misunderstood” by ones underlings.
What is new is a president who so misunderstands the warrior mind that he Trumpets “I”
“I Killed Osama”
And when caught with dead robins in the garden
Claims the Proud Personal authority to decide that they had it coming
Because there was a crow among them
Suicide Bombers? Homicide Bombers? Assassination of Leaders?
You must pardon me if I simply point them out
As the Poor Mans Drone Program
Lincoln was not assassinated for freeing the slaves
He was executed for Treason
Ask MR. Booth.