Monday, November 16, 2015

Now is not the time

Now is not the time.
There are desperate people still searching for loved ones.
There are people critically ill in hospital.
There are unburied dead who have not yet been fully mourned.
And we are nowhere near understanding what really happened this weekend, and where the perpetrators came from and how this came to pass.
So no matter what your politics, now is not the time. It is not the time to say I told you so. It is not the time for easy answers to hard questions. It is not the time to be blaming any group, other than the perpetrators themselves. It most certainly is not the time for kneejerk solutions.
Let's unite the families. Let's mourn the dead. Let's allow the wounded to recover. Let's find out what really happened. And then, can we please just for once, have a mature debate about how we fix this without labelling and denigrating those whom we disagree with about methods.
But for now, for these few days, it is not the time.