No, I believe the destroyer incident is stemming from US policy in the Middle East, now and earlier. I definitely think it was sparked by the current crisis though.
As to your comment that military casualties are different from civilian casualties...in time of war I would agree. When we send soldiers into harms way, in a known combat zone, that's one thing. When they're attacked by terrorists during a routine refueling, that's something different. Either way we should honor their memory for serving their country. As to the flag issue mattering to the dead, it matters that we continue to tell everyone who serves our country that they DO matter, alive or dead. That we do not forget those who serve us, and who die for us in that service.
As to the bank manager? I wasn't screaming and hollering, nor was he making excuses. He honestly didn't know...perhaps it didn't come across, but I know him somewhat well, which is why I approached the bank in the first place. As soon as I explained to him the nature of their mistake he and I hustled outside and corrected it. Had he objected I may have strenously made my point, and being a customer of said institution I have somewhat more right to be making a point than John Q Public. Perhaps you regard my views as extreme, and that doesn't bother me. I know not everyone shares them, though there is a certain modicum of respect I believe due to the dead.
That includes the Palestinian, Israeli and other dead, not just the Americans, though they deserve special recognition, because they were serving in their country's uniform, from their countrymen.
On the whole the entire situation, Palestine, Israel, the bombings, the whole thing is disgusting to me. Perhaps it's naive, but I had thought MAYBE we were getting close to outgrowing these acts as a race.
"Its like someone opened my mouth and stuck a fistful of herbs in it." - Tamio Kageyama, Iron Chef 'Battle Eggplant'
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