An American convert to Islam, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad...murdered Pvt. William Long, 23, and gravely wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, 18...Muhammad was charged with capital murder and – in a departure from authorities’ ...reflexive dismissal of terrorism as a factor in...violence by a Muslim -- sixteen counts of committing a terrorist act...Carlos Leon “Corey” Bledsoe, who changed his name to Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad after he converted to Islam...embarked upon a path that...led him to Yemen...Muhammad went to Yemen...to study with a jihadist imam, Yahya Hajoori...Interestingly enough, he apparently traveled to Yemen on a Somali passport...Apparently this...did not escape the notice of American law enforcement officials: when he returned to the U.S. from Yemen, the Joint Terrorism Task Force began to investigate him...Obama has said nothing about the murder of Private William Long, and no one has made any move to protect military recruitment centers....Jihad Returns to America, Robert Spencer, Front Page magazine, 6/4/2009
It's good to have a vision of a different world, especially during a very long, trying conflict. It's good to take bold steps to bring that vision to a wider public. Sensible people will pray for the success of a mission for peace. Except in the minds of poets and movie makers, war is neither pretty nor romantic. When the explosion is real, not FX, the bright flash and the loud noise contains the body parts of friends. Visit your local VA hospital if you don't believe this. Past the injured and the dead, war is also prodigiously unprofitable. Say what you will about Halliburton this, or Halliburton that, the overall financial costs of our current wars approach the incalculable.
However, it is not possible or wise to imagine that the existence of a vision is in and of itself adequate to set aside what's there. And what's there is a relentless enemy. Pretending that he doesn't exist, describing war with some bureaucratic term, and ignoring a strike inside our own borders is not an effort for peace, but a fool walking backwards toward a cliff.
As an old seer once told this writer, however, the Tarot does not foretell; it only describes. Change is still possible.