I sat in Nice, France with an acquaintance yesterday who was visibly upset by the bombings in Brussels. Of course. This was natural.
Then she spoke, saying there was only one way to fix the problem. I hoped this acquaintance was at least as imaginative in her solution as Cicciolina, the madame elected to the Italian Senate who offered to bed with Saddam Hussein in exchange for peace in the Middle East.
I was disappointed. She flew into a self-righteous harangue saying all Muslims must be killed and all mosques must be destroyed, throughout the world, because the Koran was filled with violence and hate. Only after the eradication would we be safe and at peace again.
This was a university professor speaking. A person of intellect and learning. She terrified me by her stupidity. She had no inkling of her resemblance to those she condemned. She was so happy and proud of herself as she talked, full of the adrenalin-rush of hatred.
Me, I don’t know the solution to the problems we have today between people of the world. But I know Muslims have just cause for fearing and hating westerners who hunt them and bomb them and denounce them, just as much as the reverse is true. Both sides mirror each other, imagining that more violence and hatred will end the violence and hatred. It’s an old loop of useless thinking. But it feels so good.
I quietly told this acquaintance that I disagreed with her, and was silenced by another chapter of her venom, where she intimated that it would be better if I too were eliminated.
Strangely, I had essentially the same “conversation” with a different professor in New York after the 9/11 bombings. His proposition to end terrorism was to “drop a nuke on the middle east and be rid of them all.” Versions of his solution have not proven effective.
So many generations of human hatred and egotism, starting well before the Christian Crusades had its go at making the world right by using terror tactics. My time on earth is finite. How I wish human stupidity would come to an end also.