Our Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden. They demonstrated our commitment to finish the job. James Atticus Bowden used that event as a pretext to thoughtfully ask and answer a question. What’s next?
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During his analysis, Bowden references the Indian Wars. When we think of the Indian Wars, we tend to romanticize the Indians, and we think of the battles that occurred in the West. We know little about the battles that occurred in the East well before the formation of the United States; we forget the peril the settlers face, the savagery, and the clash of cultures so very different.
During the centuries of conflict, did the settlers abuse the Indians? Yes, but the Indians also abused the settlers. Both groups thought of the other as “them”. Both had families and a way of life they sought to defend. Both did not know how to compromise with the “other”.
There is only one human race, but each of us is unique. Therefore, when some of us join together to form a civilization, we form a unique civilization. Thus, the Founders formed the United States of America, a nation unique from all others. As their heirs, they left us to answer a question. What of what they created is worth preserving? If we value what they left us, then we must consider our options and do what we should and must do to preserve the gift they left us..